Copyright 2011 Spacesecurity.org
Edited by Cesar Jaramillo
The Space Security Index is the first and only annual, comprehensive, and integrated assessment of space security.
Space Security 2011 is the eighth annual report on trends and developments related to security and outer space, covering the period January to December 2010.1 It is part of the broader Space Security Index (SSI) project, which aims to improve transparency with respect to space activities and provide a common, comprehensive knowledge base to support the development of national and international policies that contribute to space security.
The definition of space security guiding this report reflects the express intent of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that space should be preserved as a global commons to be used by all for peaceful purposes:
“The secure and sustainable access to, and use of, space and freedom from space-based threats."
This broad definition encompasses the security of space as a particularly unique environment, the security of Earth-originating assets in space, and security from threats originating in space-based assets. The primary consideration in the SSI definition of space security is not the interests of specific national or commercial entities using space, but the security of space as an environment that can be used safely and sustainably by all.
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