Aerospace Macroethics Resources

This page contains resources that we’ve collected about different macroethical issues in aerospace engineering. Macroethics refers to the collective, social responsibility of the engineering profession and societal decisions about technology (Herkert, 2005).

Space settlement and resource utilization

The military-industrial complex

Space sustainability and orbital debris

  • Issue brief written by students at CU Boulder (Spring 2021) and supported by the Engineering Excellence Fund.

Aerospace emissions and climate change

Nuclear technology in space

Other effects of spaceflight on the environment

If you’re interested in our survey about student perceptions of macroethics, you can find that here: Macroethics in Aerospace Survey – W22. Please do note that the survey was given in Qualtrics, not this paper form.