Satellite Operators from around the World, to Convene in Denver for the Bi-Annual Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Operators’ Workshop

Posted: November 12, 2018

November 13-16, satellite operators from around the world will convene in Denver, CO for the bi-annual Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Operators’ Workshop. The workshop allows spacecraft owners/operators to discuss issues related to launch and satellite spaceflight operations. The workshop will include nearly 150 satellite operators and mission stakeholders from commercial and government agencies. Over 15 countries will be represented including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Poland, and Turkey, just to name a few. During this four-day workshop, satellite operators will hear presentations on current concepts of operation (CONOPS), the latest risk assessment tools and methods, and lessons learned from specific operational scenarios.

Space Situational Awareness refers to the ability to view, understand, and predict the physical location of natural and manmade objects in orbit around the Earth. Space surveillance has taken on increased importance in recent years, as the near-earth orbital regime becomes more contested, congested, and competitive. With over 308,000 potential space-junk collisions logged just in 2017, the compounding issue of intentional and unintentional threats to space assets will only get worse. With space exploration and commerce about to boom, it's more important than ever to keep track of all the debris.

Why is this event important to Colorado?
Colorado has remained as the second-largest space economy in the nation, according to the Metro Denver EDC’s 2018 Industry Cluster Study for Aerospace. With the vast ecosystem created by high-tech companies, four military commands, and eight major space contractors, Colorado is at the center for aerospace activity.

The event is hosted by SpaceNav, a Boulder-based applied mathematics and aerospace engineering firm. Since 2009, SpaceNav has focused on delivering new, state-of-the-art solutions in the SSA domain for defense and commercial customers around the world including NASA, NOAA, USGS, and Google.

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SSA Operators’ Workshop AGENDA