Space Situational Awareness: Research for Today, Training for Tomorrow

Thursday, March 30, 2017
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Capitol Hill Holiday Inn
550 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Presented by The Space Policy Institute and Universities Space Research Association

How Can Evolving SSA Capabilities Contribute To Science, Commerce, And Security?

The term Space Situational Awareness (SSA) refers to the ability to view, understand and predict the physical location of natural and manmade objects (like satellites) in orbit around the Earth, with the objective of avoiding collisions.

The Space Situational Awareness Symposium organized by the Universities Space Research Association and the Space Policy Institute offers a platform for discussion of issues at various levels. It addresses the question of “How can Evolving SSA Capabilities Contribute to Science, Commerce, and Security.”

It zeroes in on the intersection of military functions that address threats from space objects and the needs of the commercial space industries which need reliable and efficient data for the safety of satellite operations. It also examines the intersection of domestic and international space policy, the dual role of the civil and military agencies, the role of policy makers, of the technical community and their impact on space policy.

Some of the questions the Symposium proposes to address are:

  • What are the technology innovations that can give the United States a competitive edge?
  • Should the United States make data available to other countries? How can we share data with other countries?
  • What kind of data processing capabilities do we have to characterize objects as they fly through space?
  • When is it safe to launch— and how do we avoid collisions after reaching space?
  • What are the role of civil and military agencies in space situational awareness?
  • How can the commercial space industry share data with the Air Force and the Department of Defense? How can academia help promote better cooperation?
  • And finally, how can developing nations who are impacted by US space policies but who don’t have their own space programs, get included in international discussions?

Conference Schedule

1:00 P.M. Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Jeff Isaacson, USRA President and CEO
  • Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute

1:10 P.M. Frederick A. Tarantino Memorial Address

  • Maj. Gen. Roger W. Teague, Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, U.S. Department of Defense

2:00 P.M. National Security and International Developments

  • Lt. Col. Jeremy Raley, Program Manager, DARPA Tactical Technology Office.
  • Richard Buenneke, Senior Advisor for National Security Space Policy, Office of Emerging Security Challenges, U.S. Department Of State
  • Thomas Cooley, Senior Scientist for Space Situational Awareness, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Douglas Hendrix, Chief Executive Officer, Exoanalytic Solutions

3:15 P.M. Coffee Break

3:45 P.M. Civil and Commercial Developments

  • George Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Lauri Newman, Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis Manager, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
  • Stacie Williams, Program Officer, Remote Sensing and Imaging Physics Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • T.S. Kelso, Senior Research Astrodynamicist, Center For Space Standards And Innovation, Analytical Graphics Inc.
  • Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation

5:00 P.M. Invitation to the Reception

  • Steve Ackerman, Chair, USRA Council of Institutions

This event is by invitation only. Please contact with questions.

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