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August 9th, 2012

Space Data Association + NASA... Driven By The Details (Business)

[SatNews] The Space Data Association (SDA), established by commercial satellite operators to improve the safety and efficiency of space operations, has announced...

...that NASA has signed an agreement to use the SDA’s services. NASA, a U.S. government agency, is responsible for science and technology related to air and space and was created in 1958 to oversee U.S. space exploration and aeronautics research. NASA's robotic space probes have visited every planet in the solar system and several other celestial bodies. Its telescopes have allowed scientists to look at the far reaches of space. Finally, NASA’s satellites have revealed a wealth of data about Earth, resulting in valuable information such as a better understanding of weather patterns.

The SDA seeks the participation of all satellite operators globally and NASA’s participation represents a critical milestone for SDA and recognition by a preeminent space agency that NASA can improve their safety of flight by participating in Space Data Center operations. SDA Chairman Stewart Sanders said, "This agreement with NASA demonstrates that even the most advanced government space operators recognize SDA now provides important and valuable services to manage operational risk. SDA will continue to invite participation by other governmental, commercial, and intergovernmental operators as we promote safe and responsible operations and preservation of the space environment."