Dr. Jah Provides Insight for the Incoming Administrator of NASA
Feb 1, 2021 | Space Security
Dr. Moriba Jah, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Program Lead of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program at the Strauss Center, Director of the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, recently published an op-ed in CNN. In it, Dr. Jah offers guidance to the next incoming administrator of NASA who has yet to be identified. Dr. Jah advises this administrator to focus their efforts on extending environmental efforts to outer space. Such environmental stewardship, he argues, is critical in order to manage the array of challenges in space, including poor coordination between satellite operators, increasing orbital congestion, and a lack of predictability as to the precise location of anthropogenic items in orbit. He further noted that space operations are critical for a major platform issue of the Biden-Harris administration: climate change mitigation, which relies in part on information provided by earth observation satellites. Read the full op-ed here.