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Stratcom, Belgium’s Federal Science Policy Office Enter Space Data, Service Sharing Pact

The U.S. Strategic Command and Belgium’s federal science policy office have agreed to exchange space-related information and services in a joint push to increase situational  awareness in the space domain.

Stratcom said Tuesday that BELSPO joins two intergovernmental organizations, 11 countries and more than 50 commercial satellite launchers/owners/operators that participate in space situational awareness sharing efforts with the command.

“Agreements such as these help to strengthen our alliances while at the same time increasing our resiliency,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier, director of plans and policy at Stratcom.

Crosier signed a memorandum of understanding with Elke Sleurs, Belgium’s secretary of state for science policy, in Brussels to formalize the agreement.

SSA data-sharing agreements aim to reinforce multinational space cooperation and accelerate the delivery of specific information that partners have requested from Stratcom.

Stratcom noted that information distributed to partners will aid in satellite maneuver planning, electromagnetic interference reporting and investigation, satellite decommissioning and on-orbit conjunction assessment efforts.

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