This is a week for re-imagining our place in the living world. I believe you need to expand the boundaries to include the sky.
Since the 1990s, space sustainability and advocacy have been on my mind. My main concerns circled:
- The irreversibility of irresponsible human activity
- The risk to populations and ground infrastructures from reentering space debris
- Modern life and many critical functions depend on uninterrupted availability of space structures
- Backward / forward contamination hazard because of human access to space
My hope is that we move into cosmopolitics recognizing the human and non-human engagement and evolve towards being conscious stewards using our capabilities to imagine being in service to all living beings residing in the universe. A topic to be considered in another blog.
Kismet Time: The moment everything changes
We are floating in the in-between time until the moment everything changes and we meet up in Kismet Time. Then we are left with cannibalistic chaos and wicked sized problems beyond our ken, knowing and limited experience.
Dr. Rae André calls us to Lead for the Planet. What’s the problem to solve you may be wondering:
Space Sustainability and Advocacy.
The issues of sustainability and restoration that we are raising this week on Earth are also prevalent in near-Earth orbit.
Let start to expand our minds and consider Earth’s critical, fragile and valuable orbit environments, pollution and grave-yard orbits.
Space Traffic Management a “Strategy of Hope!”
In a recent conversation with Dr. Moriba Jah, Space Environmentalism Activist, specialist in orbital mechanics, aerospace Engineer and creator of the AstriaGraph. The AstriaGraph tracks 26,000 satellites and objects that orbit the Earth. Dr Jah expressed in his view, and I concur, the current Space Safety, Sustainability approach comes from a “Strategy of Hope!”
NASA identifies the number one risk for its human spaceflight programs are orbital debris and micrometeoroids. Considering the things we cannot change I am not going to speak to micrometeoroids.
Near Earth Orbits include around six different types. For this blog I am speaking about:
- Geostationary orbit (GEO)
The trajectory is above the equator from west to east. An example of satellite use in this orbit would be weather monitoring satellites and telecommunication satellites.
- Low Earth orbit (LEO)
The area covering LEO can be as low as 160km above Earth out to 1000km. This orbit is good for satellite imaging, constellations of satellites. The International Space Station is located in low Earth orbit.
- Medium Earth orbit (MEO)
This orbit covers a wide range that can include GEO and LEO. This orbit is used for navigation satellites (planes to your GPS).
The Good News
Eyes on the Skies IMAGINE: Experiencing an immersive traveling experience under a SKYDOME, raising Your consciousness and Your awareness of the dangers of space junk. On this interactive and emotional journey with Moriba Jah, as Your guide You learn about the research, You travel together to the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, watch the night sky come to life with stories of Your ancestors, meet friends on the International Space Station and catch a glimpse of the future – a future You have a part to play in.
Are YOU wondering How You can Help?
Here’s news of a Crowd Fundraising Project and a link to the crowdfunding platform through UT Austin https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/24086
Eyes on the Sky is in the first phase of fundraising with the goal of $75,000 to secure partnerships and develop the SkyDome prototype. There are plans to spin out this technology as a startup from UT Austin. The team will innovate in mixed reality in order to shape new ways of communicating science to the public.
Please share this link! https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/24086
Every penny counts!
Today I know as a global futurist, and posit that, there is an opportunity to transmute legacies and transform them or the implications of impacts of a socio-environmental nature on Earth and among the Stars. Let’s take decisions of yesterday and ACT consciously for a better tomorrow.
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Further reading, Resources & Sources
EYES on The $KIE$ https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/24086
To learn more about Eyes on the Sky: https://www.eyesonthesky.org/
Podcast to hear more about Earth Day 2021 Bermuda Green Country Blue Economy | Stephen Weinstein. Link to listen:
Take the Earth Day Pledge https://www.earthday.org/pledge/
Dr. Rae André says ‘Lead for the Planet’ moves our focus from me/we to Team Humanity.
AstriaGraph tracks Active satellite · Inactive satellite · Rocket body · Debris.
European Space Agency
Geostationary Ring https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2008/03/The_geostationary_ring
Howe, Cymene. "Life Above Earth: An Introduction." Cultural Anthropology 30, no. 2 (2015): 203–209.
Korten, D. C. (2015). Change the Story, Change the Future a Living Economy for a Living Earth. Oakland: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
McKibben, Bill Falter. Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth
Olson, Valerie A. Into the Extreme: U.S. environmental systems and politics beyond Earth. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
Rogers, Rachel (2019) “The Sea of the Universe: How Maritime Law’s Limitation on Liability Gets it Right, and Why Space Law Should Follow,” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol. 26, iss.2, Article 10.
Capra, F., & Luisi, P. L. (2014). The systems view of life: A unifying vision. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
Stengers Isabelle, Cosmopolitics I. Minneapolis and London, University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
Astronomer Michael Summer & Physicist James Trefil. Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System (2018).