• SSI 2019 is the latest in a series of annual volumes that report on developments related to safety, sustainability, and security in outer space

• SSI 2019 is the ONLY comprehensive assessment of outer space security.

• SSI 2019 covers the period January to December 2018

SSI 2019 is published by spacesecurityindex.org, an international consortium of nongovernmental and academic organizations:

  • Project Ploughshares
  • The Simons Foundation Canada
  • Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University
  • Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics at The University of Adelaide
  • Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University

The images above show the far side of Earth's moon based on data from cameras aboard NASA's robotic Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. (NASA PHOTO)

What is space security?

The secure and sustainable access to, and use of, space and freedom from space-based threats. This definition

  • reflects the intent of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty: an outer space that is open to all to use for peaceful purposes.
  • focuses on shared interests linked to space as a global commons.
  • covers:
  1. sustainability of the unique outer space environment
  2. the physical and operational integrity of humanmade objects in space and their ground stations
  3. security on Earth from threats and natural hazards originating in space.

Why is space security important?

Outer space is a global commons that is central to military, environmental, socioeconomic, and human security on Earth as well as science, exploration, and discovery. It is imperative that all humankind can access and enjoy its many benefits today and in the future.

SSI 2019 is of use to:

  • Educators
  • Journalists
  • Students
  • Government
  • Civil society
  • Diplomats
  • Industry
  • Anyone interested in outer space
  • Anyone interested in life on Earth.

New for ssi 2019

  • coverage of planetary protection
  • more tables, charts, and illustrations
  • an easy-to-read format

SSI volumes aim:

  • to educate about space activities
  • to provide a common, comprehensive, objective definition and knowledge base on space security
  • To promote understanding, trust, and transparency
  • To support global dialogue and policies that contribute to the security and sustainability of outer space
  • To build capacity for informed debate, discussion, and governance
  • To train the next generation of space researchers and analysts.

Watch for:

The 2019 Global Assessment by Dr. Brian Weeden of Secure World Foundation

An analysis and evaluation of the effects of changing trends, critical themes, key highlights, breaking points, and new dynamics that are shaping outer space security and require international attention.

Above, right: Expedition 59 Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency takes a selfie while working outside the International Space Station on April 8, 2019. (NASA PHOTO)

Also in SSI 2019, analysis of key events, including:

  • A RemoveDebris demonstration in outer space
  • The launch of asteroid missions OSIRIS-Rex and Hayabusa 2
  • The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch with a Tesla roadster onboard
  • The inauguration of new space agencies and the launching of first satellites
  • The launch of China’s Chang'e robotic mission to the far side of the Moon
  • Repairing a hole in the Soyuz capsule at the International Space Station
  • UNISPACE+50 celebration
  • New United Nations arms-control initiatives.

Inside SPACE SECURITY INDEX 2019, you will find contextual information and annual updates on indicators of space security, organized under 4 themes (see left).

ssi process

Open source research from:

• Government agencies/militaries • Nongovernmental organizations • Academic and popular journals • News media from around the world • Special-interest publications • World governmental agencies • National and regional space agencies • Commercial actors involved in space • Space-focused websites • Global networks and associations • Experts on space

Expert Review

Invited expert participation and peer review at the annual Space Security Working Group Meeting

Student Researchers

Polly Averns • Shaul Gordon • Boris Hall • Tobias Pang (from McGill Institute and Centre of Air and Space Law)

Cheikh Faye • Drew Garza • Renata Knittel • Kommel • Claire Oto • Luc Riesbeck • Takuya Wakimoto (from Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University)

Alissa Bishop-Thorpe • Philip Craig • Sophie Howe • Rachel Neef • Lukas Price • Connor Rossi (from The University of Adelaide)

Siddhant Singhal (from University of Waterloo)

Management and Research Direction

Project Ploughshares Senior Researcher Jessica West, PhD

SSI 2019 Support and Funding

The Simons Foundation Canada • Project Ploughshares • Erin J.C. Arsenault Trust Fund at McGill University • Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University • Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics at The University of Adelaide • Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University

The SSI Governance Group

Paul Meyer, The Simons Foundation Canada • Cesar Jaramillo, Project Ploughshares • Ram Jakhu and Kuan-Wei Chen, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University • Melissa de Zwart and Dale Stephens, Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics, The University of Adelaide • Peter Hays, Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University

TO ORDER YOUR COPY OF SSI 2019 Visit www.spacesecurityindex.org or call 519-888-6541



Dr. Jessica West, Managing Editor • jwest@ploughshares.ca • 519-888-6541, ext. 24311 • Fax: 519-888-0018

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