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Frameworks of sustainability and sustainable development in a spaceflight context: A systematic review and critical analysis

Maiwald, Volker (2023) Frameworks of sustainability and sustainable development in a spaceflight context: A systematic review and critical analysis. Acta Astronautica (204), pp. 455-465. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2023.01.023. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Abstract

Continuous missions to Low-Earth Orbit, Moon and even Mars missions are the prospect for the coming decades of especially human spaceflight. The actors in these missions are commercial and institutional, public and private. The bandwidth of planned missions is wide, ranging from scientific exploration to commercial exploitation. In-situ resource utilization is planned to support such missions and thus reduce the amount of effort needed for transportation of goods to mission regions, e.g. by supplying water or fuel on the lunar or Martian surface. In the past decades the concept of sustainable development and sustainability has been evolved and became more and more relevant for many aspects of human life and society. These terms have also migrated into more specialized fields such as spaceflight. This paper systematically reviews the concepts of sustainable development and sustainability which have been formulated in a spaceflight context implicitly and explicitly. For this purpose, four perspectives are defined which originate from either Earth or space and alternate with the addressed object between Earth and space as well. It is explained and discussed how these concepts manifest in a spaceflight context, how they evolved over time and which implications result from the respective point of view. Subsequently, the formulation of space in-situ sustainable development is coined and an outlook is given how to further evolve this centric idea to enable a comprehensive evaluation of mission scenarios and roadmaps with regard to their sustainability.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/193321/
Document Type:Article
Title:Frameworks of sustainability and sustainable development in a spaceflight context: A systematic review and critical analysis
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Maiwald, VolkerUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4591-0089UNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2023.01.023
Page Range:pp. 455-465
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0094-5765
Status:Published
Keywords:planetary sustainability; ISRU; sustainable development; space treaty
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - EDEN ISS Follow-on
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Maiwald, Volker
Deposited On:16 Jan 2023 09:29
Last Modified:20 Jan 2023 10:09

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