At the beginning of November 2011 the British Standards Institute (BSI) will publish ISO 24113 on “Space Systems – Space Debris Mitigation Requirements” in the UK.

ISO standard 24113 defines primary space debris mitigation requirements applicable to all unmanned systems launched into near-Earth space. The requirements it sets out are aimed at the reduction in the growth of space debris by ensuring that spacecraft and launch vehicle orbital states are designed, operated and disposed of in a manner that prevents them from generating debris.

Compliance with ISO 24113 is likely to be assessed by the UK Space Agency prior to granting an OSA licence to operators.