Space Debris Briefing

International Approaches To Reducing Space Debris

More than 22,000 pieces of trackable space junk are in orbit, and the number grows each year as more and more nations place satellites on orbit. The risk of collision is increasing and could affect any or all players. The entrance of many non-traditional or “New Space” players will have broad implications for U.S. government agencies as they address increased space traffic and its related debris.

Join the Center for Space Policy and Strategy to address the state of orbital debris today — is it a bigger threat than imagined, or perhaps overhyped? Are we on the right path for monitoring and managing on orbit objects? How can the U.S. and other countries collaborate to manage this issue and related challenges in this new space age?

Date: September 21, 2017

Time: 11:00-1:00 pm

Location: Rayburn House Office Bldg. Room 2325, Washington, DC 20515

Info/RSVP: [email protected]


Jamie Morin, Executive Director, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, Vice President, The Aerospace Corporation

Frank Rose, Chief of Government Relations, The Aerospace Corporation

Ted Muelhaupt, Associate Principal Director, Systems Analysis and Simulation Subdivision, The Aerospace Corporation

Marlon Sorge, Senior Project Engineer, Space Innovation Directorate, The Aerospace Corporation

Wing Commander Neville Clayton (RAF), British Defence Staff, Embassy of the United Kingdom

Jan Drobik, Minister-Counsellor, Defence Science & Technology, Embassy of Australia

Michiru Nishida, Political Section, Embassy of Japan

Event Slides and Media:

Overview of Orbital Debris

International Approaches to Solving Space Debris Challenges (YouTube)

Related Papers:

Commercial Space Activity and Its Impact on U.S. Debris Regulatory Structure
Orbital Debris Remediation Through International Engagement
Orbital Slots for Everyone?
International Commercial Spaceflight Regulation: Assessing the Options
The Outer Space Treaty: Assessing Its Relevance at The 50-Year Mark

Related Publications:

Policy Center Overview
2017 Overview of The Aerospace Corporation
Crosslink: Space Debris

International Speaker Biographies:


Michiru Nishida, Special Advisor for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Policy, Embassy of Japan

Michiru Nishida is Special Advisor for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, a position he has held since 2007. He has been serving in the Embassy of Japan since October 2016, covering arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, and space security issues. From July 2011 to 2016, he was head of the Disarmament Team and Deputy Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Division as well as Space Policy Division. He served from 2006 to 2011 as First Secretary to the Delegation of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, in charge of nuclear issues as well as space security issues. Before being posted to Geneva, Nishida served as Head of the Export Control Team of the Non-Proliferation, Science and Nuclear Energy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a member of the Japanese delegation to the Six-Party Talks in 2005 on the occasion of agreement on the Joint Statement. Nishida graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (Center for Non-Proliferation Studies) and earned an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a certificate on Non-Proliferation Studies. He then served as head of the Political Section of the Consulate-General of Japan to Karachi, Pakistan. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate of Hitotsubashi University.


Wing Commander Neville Clayton (RAF), British Defence Staff, Embassy of the United Kingdom

Neville Clayton has been in the Royal Air Force for more than 23 years and has been stationed in Germany, the Falkland Islands, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and other areas in the Middle East. His varied career has included numerous administrative roles, including infrastructure, personnel, finance, force development, public affairs, programs and plans and software engineering. Before joining the staff of the Air Attaché in the British Embassy, he was responsibility for Base Support Wing at RAF Leuchars Scotland, at that time one of two UK Typhoon stations responsible for Quick Reaction Alert. Clayton completed his time at Leuchars as Station Commander and drew down the station for closure and handover to Army control. His portfolio within the Embassy is as the single-service lead for cyber, space, and some ISR capabilities, including Rivet Joint and P-8.


Mr. Jan Drobik, Minister-Counsellor Defence Science & Technology, Embassy of Australia

Jan Drobik is the Minister-Counsellor for Defence Science & Technology at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC. He serves as a representative for the Chief Defence Scientist of the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation. In this role, he is responsible for deepening Australia’s defense and national security cooperation and collaboration with the United States and Canada in science and technology, research and development. Drobik also serves as Australia’s Deputy Principal representative to The Technical Cooperation Program multilateral (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, United States) Memorandum of Understanding. Before coming to Washington, Drobik served as Research Leader, Aircraft Performance and Survivability, and Research Leader, Flight Systems. In these two roles, he led research in aerodynamics, weapons clearance, signatures assessment, systems assessment, and aerial autonomy. With extensive experience in weapon systems acquisition programs, Drobik was invited to participate as a member of the Joint Strike Fighter Independent Review Team in 2013. For his contribution to a NATO Science and Technology Organization applied vehicle technology panel, he received a NATO Scientific Achievement Award in 2012. Drobik was posted to NASA Dryden from 1991 to 1992 under the auspices of the bilateral (Australia and United States) Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and was later awarded a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies and a Master of Strategic Studies by La Trobe University. He has published in the fields of strategic studies, aerodynamics, communities of practice in aeronautical engineering, and modeling optimization techniques such as genetic programming. A member of the Flight Test Society of Australia, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Fellow of the Australian Defence College, Drobik has lectured at Swinburne University for several years.