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UNSW Canberra to host space situational awareness and traffic management conference

Max Blenkin

Experts in space situational awareness (SSA) will gather in Canberra this week to discuss space situational awareness and space traffic management (STM).

UNSW Canberra to host space situational awareness and traffic management conference
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The conference will be staged by the University of NSW in Canberra at the Australian Defence Academy in Canberra and runs for three days from February 11.

This will bring together key researchers, users and decision-makers from across the Australian space sector to focus on developing a set of shared priorities and goals within the Australian SSA community.

The conference website says it will enable Australia to meet the evolving challenge of safely and responsibly operating within the space domain.

With barriers to space access diminishing, and more and more nations and companies launching satellites, the issue of space debris is assuming growing importance, along with knowing what’s out there to minimise risk of collisions.

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The SSA is coupled with space traffic management to make best use of the available orbits and minimise interference with other users.

The event aims to showcase new and emerging Australian SSA and STM techniques and technology and to collectively identify and prioritise gaps in SSA capability and STM systems.

It will also seek to collaboratively define a strategy to exploit Australia’s advantageous location to develop a world-class SSA and STM niche and provide a means to benchmark and measure the collective Australian SSA capability each year.

The three-day gathering will feature talks, workshops and poster sessions with key focus on themes including space surveillance and tracking technologies to enhance Australian SSA capability, technology, systems, simulation and modelling for safe and sustainable on-orbit operations.

The conference will also discuss space weather monitoring, modelling and prediction for SSA applications and Australian space traffic management policy, regulation, ethics and business models.

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