Plenary Session II: Space Situational Awareness

The integrity of our infrastructure in space and on ground heavily depends on timely and accurate data on space-born hazards of three types:
- Man-made objects that can pose in-orbit collision risks or even risks on-ground in view of uncontrolled re-entries.
- The space weather, caused by our Sun in conjunction with the Earth's magnetic field that can impact the quality of surveillance data, but also influences electronic devices in space and on ground directly.
- Finally, Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that can generate "fireball" events, or (more rarely) catastrophic impacts.
This panel will address the current challenges faced by these three technical domains of Space Situational Awareness.
Problem areas, such as today's limited predictability of space events and observational and operational limitations will be discussed.
Aspects related to the generation and operational use of surveillance data will be highlighted.
Current technical developments on national and international level and the importance of a future global share of the related work and data will be discussed.

Panel Moderator
Holger Krag (Head, Space Debris Office, European Space Agency (ESA))

Gerhard Drolshagen (Co-manager of the near-Earth object segment of ESA?s Space Situational Awareness Programme)
Diana McKissock (Space Situational Awareness Sharing Lead, US Joint Functional Component Command for Space Space Surveillance Division, USA)
Shinichi Nakamura (Senior Administrator, International Relations and Research Department, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA))
Daniel Oltrogge (Space Data Center Program Manager & Sr. Research Astrodynamicist, Center for Space Standards (CSSI), Innovation Analytical Graphics Incorporated (AGI), Colorado Springs, CO, USA)
Henry de Roquefeuil (Lt General (ret), Military adviser of the French Space Agency (CNES) President and the CNES Defence Team coordinator)