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Space Enabled Affiliates Kevin O'Connell and Moriba Jah will both testify at the May 12 Congressional hearing about "Space Situational Awareness: Guiding the Transition to a Civil Capability." Details from the Hearing Charter are listed below:
The purpose of the hearing is to consider testimony regarding planning for the transition of certain space situational awareness services and information to a civil capability, among other issues.
- Dr. Matthew Hejduk, Senior Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation
- Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, Mrs. Pearlie Dashiell Henderson Centennial Fellowship in Engineering, Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
- Mr. Andrew D’Uva, Senior Policy Advisor, Space Data Association
- Mr. Kevin M. O’Connell, Founder, Space Economy Rising, LLC
- Dr. Mariel Borowitz, Associate Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology
Over the past decade, the space industry has grown and changed significantly, particularly with the rapid increase of commercial and private activity in low-Earth orbit (LEO). With the advent of megaconstellations, often involving thousands of satellites, and new global players launching CubeSats and small satellites into Earth’s orbit, operating in the space environment is becoming more complex. The locations and predicted positions of active satellites, defunct satellites, and space debris must be considered in order to avoid collisions and maintain safe operations. Given this evolving landscape, space situational awareness (SSA) is becoming an essential means to ensuring the safety and sustainability of the space environment.
- What should be the goals and objectives for an evolvable civil space situational awareness capability?
- What is needed to ensure an effective transition of certain space situational awareness services and information from the Department of Defense to a civil government entity or entities?
- What are the potential challenges in transitioning space situational awareness services and information to a civil capability, and how should those challenges be addressed?
- To what extent is research and development important to the future of a civil space situational capability and an eventual space traffic coordination framework?