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Seeing Into Space: Perspectives and Initiatives for Enhancing Space Situational Awareness

SWF Podcast

Release Date: 01/06/2015

Is Spectrum Shifting the Playing Field for the Weather Enterprise? show art Is Spectrum Shifting the Playing Field for the Weather Enterprise?

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Many earth scientists unknowingly use special allocations of spectrum that are reserved for the collection and transmission of hydrometeorological data, particularly involving weather satellites. These allocations, for example, provide rebroadcasts of geostationary weather satellite imagery, transmit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data to academic and industry partners, and enable passive microwave sensing of weather systems over the ocean. Data received through these allocations are paramount to achieving the best possible timeliness and quality of weather forecasts...

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Space Weather as a Global Challenge 2019 show art Space Weather as a Global Challenge 2019

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Recorded in Washington, DC on September 26, 2019. Since 2016, Secure World Foundation (SWF) has partnered with the U.S. Department of State to host multiple Space Weather as a Global Challenge events to facilitate discussions on the impacts of space weather across the globe, and plans to collaborate in observation, modeling, prediction, and mitigation of harmful effects. This year’s Space Weather as a Global Challenge will be held in coordination with the Next Step Benchmarks Town Hall, an event that supports the U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan, on September 26,...

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Summit Panel: Space Traffic Management  show art Summit Panel: Space Traffic Management

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The growth in space activities has shifted space traffic management from an academic debate to real-world policy debate, yet there is still significant uncertainty about what it means and how to go about creating a workable regime. Should space traffic management be top-down with a global agreement on rules and standards? Or should it be done from the bottom-up with industry practices enshrined in national regulation? Who decides what the rules are, who they apply to, and how they are enforced? | Moderator: Chris Johnson, SWF Space Law Advisor Panelists: Didier Alary, University of Toulouse ...

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Summit Panel: The Relationship Between Commercial Space and Counterspace  show art Summit Panel: The Relationship Between Commercial Space and Counterspace

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Over the last several years, there has been a growing focus on two different conversations: one about the commercial and economic development of space, and another about the risk of conflict on Earth extending into space. Yet there is often very little dialogue on how these two issues interact and what impact each may have on the other. How might greater geopolitical instability or actual war in space impact commercialization? Can the private sector play a role in deterring space conflict or providing more resilient capabilities? | Moderator: Brian Weeden, SWF Director of Program Planning...

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Closing Keynote Delivered by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine June 25, 2019 at the Summit for Space Sustainability. 

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Summit Panel: The Promises and Challenges of New Actors in Space  show art Summit Panel: The Promises and Challenges of New Actors in Space

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The last decade has seen a surge in new actors entering the space domain. Many more countries are developing space programs and national law and policy while commercial startups are leveraging cheaper and better technology to do more with less. What are the benefits of the surge in new actors and what should we be wary of? What steps can the world take to ensure that new actors are contributing to space sustainability? | Moderator: Ian Christensen, SWF Director of Private Sector Programs Panelists: Jim Armor, Northrop Grumman Simonetta di Pippo, United Nations Office for Outer Space...

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Delivered in on June 25 at the SWF Summit for Space Sustainability in Washington, DC. 

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This audio was recorded on June 25 during the SWF Summit for Space Sustainability at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. OPENING WELCOME & SWF VISION Krystal Wilson, SWF Director of Space Applications Programs, Summit Chair Peter Martinez, SWF Executive Director SETTING THE STAGE: SPOTLIGHT TALKS A series of short presentations by high-level experts on current situations, trends, and challenges in the space domain that impact space sustainability. State of the Space Environment - Holger Krag, European Space Agency The Globalization of Space - Rogel Mari Sese, Regulus SpaceTech ...

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Recorded in Washington, DC on May 6, 2019 On March 27, 2019, India successfully tested an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon against one of its satellites. With this intercept, India became the fourth country to demonstrate this capability. While most of the debris that was created should be relatively short-lived, some of it will be around for months, if not years. What does this test mean for the future of space security and stability? Has a precedent been established about how to test an ASAT in a way that the international community will accept? How will this affect international security and...

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This audio was recorded in Washington, DC on March 29, 2019. On March 29, 2019, The Secure World Foundation hosted a panel discussion on "US-China Engagement in Space." A group of experts talked about how the United States and China interact in space and looked toward future possibilities for further engagement across commercial, civil, and national security issues.  Speakers Moderator: Victoria Samson, SWF Washington Office Director Patrick Besha, Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Engagement and Assessment in the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters Mike Gold, Chair...

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Recorded December 9, 2014

Space situational awareness (SSA) - commonly defined as knowledge about the space environment and activities in space - is an important part of space sustainability, safety, and security. SSA has historically been mostly a military mission that focused on tracking the locations of objects in space and detecting space-based threats. However, the nature of SSA is evolving as the number of actors in space increases, including an increasing proportion of non-governmental players and space activities, and the nature of the threats to active satellites diversifies and expands to include natural and human-generated threats, as well as intentional and unintentional threats. 

Secure World Foundation (SWF) held a luncheon panel discussion to discuss the changing nature of SSA and examine initiatives being developed by both the U.S. government and non-governmental entities to enhance SSA. 

For more information, please visit the event page.

Panel 1 - Established Services, Providers, and Policies

Mr. Richard Buennneke, Senior Advisor for National Security Space Policy in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State

Mr. John Hill, Principal Director, Space Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for  Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. Andrew D'Uva,  President, Providence Access Company

Panel 2 - Emerging Services, Providers, and Policies

Dr. Michael Romanowski, Director, Commercial Space Integration, Federal Aviation Administration

Mr. Paul Welsh, Vice President of Business Development, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)

Mr. Matthew Bold, Chief Architect, Ground Based Space Situational Awareness (GBSSA), Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center

The discussion was be moderated  by Mr. Brian Weeden, SWF Technical Advisor.