On 6 October, SIPRI published this new report which says that NewSpace is not only changing the nature of the space industry, but also exacerbating existing missile proliferation risks and posing challenges for the effective implementation of export controls. It therefore requires a coordinated response by the main multilateral missile export control instrument: the MTCR. The report identifies developments, trends and possible proliferation scenarios linked to the NewSpace industry that pose possible missile proliferation risks and challenges for MTCR export controls. It seeks to strengthen the implementation of export controls and related policy instruments through the MTCR and national measures, in order to prevent commercial space industry activities contributing to programmes for missiles and other delivery systems capable of carrying chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
NewSpace, it says, refers to new entrepreneurial businesses or start-ups in the global space sector, as well as the shifting dynamics of the sector’s commercialisation and the new business practices that these companies embrace.
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