SWF Holds Panel Discussion on the Changing Nature of Space Situational Awareness

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Space situational awareness (SSA) - commonly defined as knowledge about the space environment and activities in space - is an important part of space sustainability, safety, and security. SSA has historically been mostly a military mission that focused on tracking the locations of objects in space and detecting space-based threats. However, the nature of SSA is evolving as the number of actors in space increases, including an increasing proportion of non-governmental players and space activities, and the nature of the threats to active satellites diversifies and expands to include natural and human-generated threats, as well as intentional and unintentional threats. 

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, SWF held a panel discussion in Washington DC entitled "Seeing Into Space: Perspectives and Initiatives for Enhancing Space Situational Awareness." The event featured six speakers from the U.S. government and private sector entities, who provided a range of national security, civil, and commercial perspectives on SSA. 

A detailed agenda and speaker bios can be found on the event page

An audio recording of the event can be found here (2hr mp3 file).

 

 

Last updated on December 11, 2014