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Dr. Jah Co-authors a New Op-ed on Russian ASAT Test

In a recent op-ed published by SpaceWatch.Global, Dr. Moriba Jah and his coauthor Colonel Scott Brodeur discuss Russia recent debris-creating test of an Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. Dr. Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and the Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program. Dr. Jah and Colonel Brodeur first remind the readers of the space-based services that are threatened by orbital debris. They then summarize the incident, noting that this destruction of the defunct Russian satellite is estimated to have created over five hundred thousand pieces of orbital debris. After providing these fundamental details, Jah and Brodeur argue that the ASAT test was “wholly irresponsible and unnecessary as it demonstrated a deliberate disregard for the space domain’s sustainability.”