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New coalition seeks to improve space safety

18 Sep 2019, 12:14 UTC
New coalition seeks to improve space safety
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WAILEA, Hawaii — A group of satellite operators and other organizations have banded together to endorse a set of best practices intended to improve space safety, including measures to minimize the risk of collisions in orbit.
The Space Safety Coalition, which has more than 20 member organizations who combined operate about a quarter of all active satellites, released its list of best practices Sept. 18 to coincide with the start of the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, or AMOS, conference here, a meeting on space situational awareness and space traffic management.
The best practices, outlined in a 17-page document, build upon existing guidelines and standards for mitigating orbital debris, identifying measures that satellite operators can take to further minimize the creation of orbital debris and the risks of collisions with other objects.
“Operators can do things above and beyond what a consensus national-level can get to,” said Dan Oltrogge of the Center for Space Standards and Innovation, who serves as the administrator of the coalition, in an interview. “Many of the operators really want to do better.”
The best practices include more than 40 measures intended to improve space safety, from steps to exchange information on satellite ...

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