The fifth Stardust-R public lecture “Advanced Methods of Life Cycle Assessment for Space Systems” was delivered by Dr Andrew Wilson at the Stardust-R second global virtual workshop. The talk took place via MS Teams link on Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 18:00 (CEST).
“Advanced Methods of Life Cycle Assessment for Space Systems” by Dr Andrew Wilson, 18:00 CEST, 14 Sept 2021
Environmental Life Cycle Assessment is increasingly being applied within the space industry to scientifically quantify environmental impacts of space missions over their entire life cycle. This technique is particularly useful in early mission design phases since adverse life cycle impacts are more difficult to modify the later into the design process that they are identified. However, the use of Environmental Life Cycle Assessment does not fully align with the concept of sustainability envisioned within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which seeks to “balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental”. Despite this, combining all three sustainability dimensions within a single life cycle study has thus far never been attempted within the space industry.