The recent collision between spacecraft and close encounters with orbital debris by the crew of the International Space Station has heightened interest in taking new steps in space traffic control.
Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is the theme to be addressed by leading experts attending Improving Our Vision III, to be held March 23-24 at Intelsat Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This two-day event is being sponsored by a partnership between Secure World Foundation, Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies, the Center for Defense Information, the George C. Marshall Institute and Intelsat. The conference will bring together representatives of the U.S. military, civil space agencies, satellite companies, and non-governmental organizations.
This month’s conference is the third in a series. The first meeting was held in London in 2007 at Inmarsat Headquarters, with the first conference taking place in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2006.
Among topics to be spotlighted at this year’s event will be discussion of the U.S. Air Force Phase 3 of Commercial and Foreign Entities — which is slated to provide advanced services to satellite operators. The program also includes a demonstration by the Center for Space Standards & Innovation of its SOCRATES-GEO data center that uses owner-operated-provided data to provide greatly improved accuracy and reduces false alarms. This timely gathering of international authorities will turn their attention to the growing challenges in the space environment, policy imperatives of safe and responsible behavior, as well as the prospect for international cooperation in SSA. Please note that Chatham House rules of non-attribution will apply, and all discussions will be on an unclassified level.
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