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Ron Busch: Pentagon, Satellite Industry to Exchange Space Intell Data

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A consortium of global satellite operators will collaborate with the U.S. Defense Department in a program that aims to protect space assets through intelligence sharing.

The partnership allows the Space Data Association and DoD to exchange information to prevent space debris collisions and electromagnetic interference events, SDA said Friday.

“This agreement represents a major milestone in space situational awareness, creating a framework to exchange data; the benefit is that critical analyses will be far more robust, improving our knowledge of the space operational environment,” SDA Chairman Ron Busch said.

DoD’s Space Situational Awareness Data Sharing Program is managed by the U.S. Strategic Command and offers launch support, conjunction assessment, post-mission disposal, deorbit, EMI investigation and re-entry planning support services.

The nonprofit satellite group operates a database of orbital information and its members include Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES.

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