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USAF Focuses on Space Debris, Other Threats

USAF Focuses on Space Debris, Other Threats

Eyes on Debris: Gen. William Shelton, head of US Air Force Space Command, addresses the 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shelton has warned of the need for more tracking of space objects. (Space Foundation photo)
Eyes on Debris: Gen. William Shelton, head of US Air Force Space Command, addresses the 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shelton has warned of the need for more tracking of space objects. (Space Foundation photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Last year’s National Space Symposium was all about survival — how industry and the US Air Force was going to make sure key programs made it through sequestration.

In a way, this year’s show was also about survival, but in a much more direct fashion. The focus for both industry and service officials has turned toward tracking and analyzing threats in space.

An emphasis on space situational awareness, also known as SSA, isn’t new. Gen. William Shelton, who will retire as head of Air Force Space Command in August, has consistently warned that space is more “competitive, congested and contested” than ever before, necessitating greater awareness of what is floating around the earth. 

 

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May 25, 2014


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