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October 23rd, 2013

Secure World Foundation—Satellite Servicing + Debris Removal (Event)

[SatNews] The Secure World Foundation (SWF) will be hosting a luncheon panel discussion on Monday, November 4, 2013, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

On-orbit satellite servicing (OOS) and active debris removal (ADR) are part of an emerging category of future on-orbit activities that are critical for taking the next leap in our use of Earth orbit. The ability to repair or refuel satellites, construct new satellites in orbit, and even remove orbital debris can help drive innovative uses of space and create new possibilities. These activities also raise a host of security, legal, safety, operational, and policy challenges that need to be tackled for this future to be possible.

In 2012, DARPA held a public conference and workshop in Washington, DC, and in 2012 and 2013, SWF worked with partners to hold a series of conferences, workshops, and panel discussions to explore these various multidisciplinary challenges. The events took place in the United States, Belgium, and Singapore and included representation from a variety of international stakeholders. This panel discussion summarizes those events as well as provides "insider and outsider" perspectives on the non-technical challenges that need to be addressed for ADR and OOS to become reality.


  • Mr. David Barnhart, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
  • Mr. Brian Weeden, Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation
  • The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive Director, Secure World Foundation

Lunch will be served, but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP no later than Friday, November 1, 2013, by selecting this direct infolink.