The new space economy should expect to meet the global demand for sustainability.  Fortunately, the commercial space sector has much to offer when it comes to sustainability. The new space economy is about much more than tourism, and includes the deployment of satellites for telecommunications, earth observation, and navigation, as well as the extraction of resources from asteroids and the moon. While launches are carbon intensive, this is offset by what space technologies offers to earth in pursuit of our ever more ambitious environmental goals.

All participants in the space ecosystem, government, industry, and new space entities, need to take responsibility for the long-term viability of space exploration as well as the quality of the orbital space environment, by identifying, prioritizing, and promoting responsible uses of space resources.

Brian Miske