Elwyn Sirieys*, Chloe Gentgen, Asha Jain, Julia Milton, Olivier L. de Weck
Edited by Corey A. Stevens and Friederike M. C. Benning
Article | Aug. 29 2022
- Space launch activities generate direct emissions of combustion products into different layers of the atmosphere, inducing ozone depletion and affecting Earth’s energy balance
- Scientific understanding of the implications and magnitude of this impact is insufficient, and the expected growth of the sector makes it a pressing issue
- International regulation is virtually absent on this topic and local policies are scarce
- The development of actionable and common life cycle sustainability metrics dedicated to launch vehicles could be beneficial to the sector
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