Asteroid Deflection Going International

There’s a draft resolution at the United Nations General Assembly concerning space (reports indicate it may have been approved, but I cannot find a final version on the UN website as of this posting).  This isn’t unusual, as the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) has been around almost as long as the U.N. itself.  What a lot of writers picked up on is in paragraph 8:

Welcomes with satisfaction the recommendations for an international response to the near-Earth object impact threat, endorsed by the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee at its fiftieth session and endorsed by the Committee at its fifty-sixth session;”
The recommendations by the committee were augmented by a recent presentation at the Association of Space Explorers.  Members of the B612 Foundation were out in force at the presentation, but it’s too early to say whether or not its Sentinel mission will play a part in a U.N. effort to coordinate asteroid detection and deflection efforts.
Details on what these coordination efforts might look at can be found in the Scientific and Technical Committee’s latest report to COPOUS, specifically Section X starting on page 29 and Annex III starting on page 45.  The main recommendations are to develop two groups – an international warning network (which might have the components outlined in this presentation from February) and a space mission planning group.  The recommendations reflect the end of a six-year process by the Working Group on Near-Earth Objects, but the United Nations has been active on the matter of near-Earth objects since 1995.

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