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Plan to develop space industry

Bermuda will host a workshop on space sustainability after the Government partnered with an international organisation.

Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, said: “The space industry is currently experiencing a commercial boom, which presents economic opportunities for Bermuda.

“Therefore, the Government is taking action to develop Bermuda's space and satellite industries as part of its overall strategy to diversify Bermuda's economy and create high quality jobs and educational opportunities for Bermudians.”

Mr Roban added: “Space sustainability is an important concept for space stakeholders and is an ongoing topic of conversation and debate within the space industry.”

The invitation-only Bermuda Space Sustainability Workshop, organised in partnership with the Secure World Foundation, will be held on January 22 and 23.

Representatives from international satellite and insurance industry representatives will be involved in the workshop, along with government officials and academics from the US and UK.

Topics will include trends in the space domain, space industry development and partnership models for space sustainability.

Mr Roban said: “There will be a panel discussion on the roles a national government can take in developing a space sector, keeping sustainability in mind.

“I am particularly excited for the round table discussion at the end of the conference which will specifically examine space sustainability options for Bermuda.”

Mr Roban said he met with the Secure World Foundation, a private operating foundation dedicated to the secure and sustainable use of space with offices in Colorado and Washington DC, in 2018 and that discussion led to this month's workshop.

Mr Roban added: “Bermuda is committed to sustainable space operations as it develops its domestic space economy.”

Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs (right) with Jeane Nikolai, director of energy (centre), and Richard Upchurch, policy manager for Access Partnership (left), at the annual meeting of the Space and Satellite Advisory Panel which took place last month in Washington, DC. (Photograph provided)

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Published January 14, 2020 at 2:52 pm (Updated January 14, 2020 at 2:52 pm)

Plan to develop space industry

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