STRATCOM Improves Space Junk Situational Awareness

August 26, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor
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The release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of unknown origin will help satellite owner-operators better protect their space assets. The U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) now can run a program that shows where space objects are and where they will be, as well as the potential for these objects colliding. This information has been added to

According to the Joint Functional Component Command (JFCC) for Space, Vandenberg Air Force Base, more than 17,000 space objects are being tracked on a continuous basis. An estimated 1,100 of these are active satellites currently conducting operations; however, that number does not include the approximately 16,000 objects in space that are not active and/or of unknown origin and concern the JFCC and STRATCOM the most.

STRATCOM has been sharing space situational awareness information on the Space-Track website for several years. The command provides tailored information and services to owners and operators through sharing agreements to maximize spaceflight safety and the long-term sustainability of space. 

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