Australia, United States Team to Protect Vital Space Assets

American and Australian officials agreed this week to closely cooperate on better tracking the more than 500,000 pieces of space debris at least 1 centimeter in diameter that pose risk to vital satellites in orbit. The allies also agreed to work together to prevent the creation of further debris creation, including opposition to the “development and testing of counter-space weapons.”

According to a joint statement:

> Australia welcomed the U.S. decision, reflected in the June 2010 U.S. National Space Policy, to consider space arms control measures that are equitable, verifiable and in the national interest of the United States and its allies. Australia intends to work with the United States to progress efforts to prevent long-lived debris-creating behaviour, and develop and implement transparency and confidence-building measures for enhanced stability and safety in space activities.

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