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US, Australia Sign Pact to Share Space Data; Robert Kehler Comments

Gen. Robert Kehler
Gen. Robert Kehler

The U.S. Defense Department has signed an agreement with its counterpart in Australia to share space situational awareness data, where the two countries will work together on launch support and to plan maneuvers.

This agreement represents the first government-to-government memorandum that allows the parties to share advanced space situational awareness data, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

SSA exchanges intend to coordinate efforts to resolve on-orbit anomalies, launch anomalies and electromagnetic interference issues.

“Many nations share the space domain, and it is in our best interest to create an environment where the sharing of SSA data facilitates transparency and improves flight safety,” Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said in the release.

The agreement also covers de-commissioning activities and on-orbit conjunction assessments.

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