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Categories: 2018, Space Situational Awareness

Responsive SSA – Responding to New Space and Old Problems

The space environment is becoming complicated by the layering of new space system architectures and a diversity of new spacefaring entities layered on top of the existing derelict debris population. This dynamic situation will require more responsive space situational awareness (SSA) capabilities to efficiently respond to the changing nature of space operations without looking past the lingering hazards posed by sixty years of leaving derelict hardware in orbit. The paper will provide contrast between the exciting New Space developments and the hazards associated with literally millions of kilograms of abandoned hardware in the same orbits where large distributed constellations are being planned for deployment. A series of recommended attributes for “responsive” SSA need to manage these two disparate phenomena will be proposed.

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Author: Darren McKnight
Topic: Space Situational Awareness

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