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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Space Situational Awareness has long been synonymous with detecting, tracking, and identifying all artificial objects in Earth orbit otherwise known as catalog maintenance. Today, space is more congested and contested than ever before, and threats against U.S. capabilities grow every day. (Courtesy graphic) Space Situational Awareness is Space Battle Management
Space Situational Awareness, or SSA, has long been synonymous with catalog maintenance. Today, space is more congested and contested than ever before, and threats against U.S. capabilities grow every day. While catalog maintenance is a part of the SSA mission set, SSA enables the continuous preparation of the battlespace in order to fight and win a war in space. Simply put, SSA is Space Battle Management. Like the air domain, there is a daily mission of air traffic control and a wartime mission of Air Battle Management. To ensure effective SSA, sensors need access to intelligence, flexible tasking, rapid decision making, and integration between platforms.
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2018
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- Last picture of Starman in roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt. Starman and the roadster could be viewed live as they began their journey. (Courtesy photo by Elon Musk/SPACEX) Tracking the billion year road trip
Cruising with the windows down, music up and the Sun shining on your face. Going on a road trip is an adventure that some people love or aspire to do. For one individual, their road trip could last a billion years, and the 18th Space Control Squadron is tracking it.
0 2/13
2018
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