|[August 08, 2014]
Space Data Association: SDA and U.S. Department of Defense Sign Space Situational Awareness Agreement
ISLE OF MAN --(Business Wire)--
The Space Data Association (SDA), established by satellite operators to
improve the safety and efficiency of space operations, today announced
that the United States Department of Defense (U.S. DoD) has signed an
agreement with the SDA to participate in the DoD's Space Situational
Awareness Data Sharing Program, the first such agreement with a
The United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is responsible for
administering the SSA Data Sharing Program, which is intended to
increase the safety, security, and sustainability of the space domain by
enhancing space situational awareness through a series of basic and
advanced services including anomaly resolution, collision avoidance,
conjunction assessment, end of life disposal, deorbit and re-entry
planning support, launch support, and EMI investigation. Under the
agreement, the U.S. DoD and SDA will now be able to formally collaborate
on matters concerning space situational awareness, including mitigation
of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radiofrequency interference
(RFI (News - Alert)).
The SDA seeks the partcipation of all satellite operators globally and
the agreement with the U.S. DoD represents a critical milestone for SDA,
and acknowledgement by a preeminent space situational awareness provider
that collaboration can enhance space situational awareness, flight
safety, and operational practices for all.
SDA Chairman, Ron Busch said, "This agreement represents a major
milestone in space situational awareness, creating a framework to
exchange data; the benefit is that critical analyses will be far more
robust, improving our knowledge of the space operational environment.
Our announcement with US STRATCOM builds on our longstanding informal
cooperation. The agreement demonstrates that even the most advanced
government space operators recognize SDA's ability to provide important
and valuable services to manage operational risk, including performing
conjunction assessments and activities to mitigate electromagnetic
Busch continued, "SDA will continue to collaborate with and seek
participation by other governmental, commercial, and intergovernmental
stakeholders as we promote safe and responsible operations and
preservation of the space environment."
The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international
association of satellite operators that supports the controlled,
reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and
integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum. It maintains the
Space Data Center, a database of high-accuracy orbital information,
which is operated by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, PA.
Established in the Isle of Man, its executive members are Eutelsat (News - Alert),
Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES. The SDA is open to all satellite operators
and other participants. Membership information can be found at www.space-data.org.
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