US Space Command publishes tenets of responsible behaviour in space

The US Space Command has published a set of tenets of responsible military behaviour in space:

  • Operate in, from, to, and through space with due regard to others and in a professional manner.
  • Limit the generation of long-lived debris. 
  • Avoid the creation of harmful interference. 
  • Maintain safe separation and safe trajectory.
  • Communicate and make notifications to enhance the safety and stability of the domain. 

The tenets, of a non-legally binding nature, highlight the US Department of Commerce’s and US Space Command’s voluntary commitment to mitigate space debris, align space operations with the UN’s long-term sustainability guidelines, and reinforce the US commitment not to conduct destructive direct ascent antisatellite missile tests.