October 24, 2016 – Satellite operators from around the world will convene at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center from November 3-5, for the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Operators’ Workshop. The workshop allows spacecraft operators to discuss issues related to launch and satellite spaceflight safety.
During this three-day workshop, attendees will hear presentations on current concepts of operation (CONOPS), the latest risk assessment tools and methods, and lessons learned from specific operational scenarios. The workshop will include over 150 satellite operators and mission stakeholders from countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, France, Algeria, and Brazil, to name a few.
The event is being hosted by SpaceNav, a Denver-based applied mathematics and aerospace engineering firm. Since 2009, SpaceNav has focused on delivering new, state-of-the-art solutions in the SSA domain for defense and commercial customers around the world such as NASA, NOAA, USGS, and Google. A strong background in mathematics and software development enables SpaceNav to provide rapid modeling, prototyping, and deployment of a variety of different capabilities to mission stakeholders.
Why is this event important to Colorado?
Colorado has regained its position as the second-largest space economy in the nation, according to the Metro Denver EDC’s 2016 Industry Cluster Study for Aerospace. With the vast ecosystem created by high-tech companies, four military commands, and eight major space contractors, Colorado is at the center of aerospace activity.
Space Situational Awareness refers to the ability to view, understand, and predict the physical location of natural and man-made objects in orbit around the Earth. Space surveillance has taken on increased importance in recent years, as the near-earth orbital regime becomes more contested, congested, and competitive. Reported by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) issued 671,000 notifications of possible orbital collisions in 2014 alone. Compounding this issue is the increased potential for intentional and unintentional threats to space assets, according to the Department of Defense (DoD).
Registration for this event is closed, but for more information and to view the agenda, visit: