Danielle Wood and Co-Authors Publish Paper on Space Technology and Sustainable Development Goals


Acta Astronautica

Acta Astronautica

Professor Danielle Wood, Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Dr. Javier Stober, and Pranav Menon published a paper in Acta Astronautica on their work asking how space technology can be applied to support the Sustainable Development Goals, titled "Challenges and progress in applying space technology in support of the sustainable development goals." The paper's abstract reads:

The global community, with coordination from the United Nations, is energized to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a list of 17 important aspirations that summarize the key challenges of our era. The SDGs apply to every nation and represent an international effort to eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to safe drinking water, strengthen food security, and produce clean and reliable energy, among other pursuits. Space technology is already being used around the world to advance progress toward the SDGs and monitor their related Indicators. This paper explores how six technologies related to space—satellite Earth observation, satellite communication, satellite navigation and positioning, human spaceflight and microgravity research, space technology transfer, and basic scientific research—are being used to realize the vision that the SDGs represent. The paper also discusses the obstacles that limit the application of these technologies for the SDGs and provides an overview of potential paths to overcome these barriers. The paper finally studies the historical and potential roles that four distinct types of entities involved in global sustainable development—governments, non- and inter-governmental organizations, entrepreneurial companies, and universities— have played or may play in the application of space technologies towards the SDGs.

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