Quad Leaders Announce Commercial Space Cooperation
On May 20, President Biden, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met in Hiroshima for the fifth convening of the Quad Leaders’ Summit. The leaders announced major initiatives in a number of areas, including space.
Commercial Space Cooperation
- The commercial space industry in each Quad country is growing, innovative, and entrepreneurial. Through Quad cooperation, we hope to further grow our respective space sectors to support good-paying jobs in the Quad, enhance the resilience of our space supply chains, and lead the region in setting responsible standards.
- Quad partners commit to strengthen cooperation on commercial space activities and will convene a commercial space business forum in 2023.
Space Situational Awareness
- The Quad will cooperate in leveraging space situational awareness and space traffic coordination capabilities for spaceflight safety and sustainability of the outer space environment, including increased international collaboration on standards for data sharing and global norms for sharing of satellite operator data and best practices.
- Such efforts will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the space environment, including helping us to avoid collisions in outer space that could generate debris that is dangerous to crewed flight as well as satellites.