Decades of space travel have resulted in a large amount of space debris that can be harmful to today’s satellites.Aerospace is addressing the issue of space debris and space traffic management by developing tools for analyzing potential collisions, studying reentry breakups, and modeling debris objects in space. 4, 1957, marked the beginning of an intense space race that led to decades of rocket and satellite launches, which eventually resulted in a large amount of space debris.CORDS-developed tools encompass a vast array of operations, from predicting possible collisions during launch and on orbit, to predicting hazards to spacecraft after collisions in space, simulating the breakup of reentering debris, estimating the survivability of satellite components reentering Earth’s atmosphere and determining risk to life and property.CORDS provides information on when a reentry might occur, and Aerospace collects and analyses material that survived reentry.This expertise has been used to support the needs of Air Force, NRO, NASA, NOAA, FAA and other customers.
If the SSN predicts a collision between a cataloged object and a known operational satellite, they usually attempt to notify the owner/operator.
This abundance of debris created the need for a military space surveillance to maintain a catalog of all Earth-orbiting objects — active payloads, satellites and debris — along with detailed information about trajectory and point of origin. One of the missions of CSp OC is to detect, track and identify all objects in Earth orbit in addition to monitoring the International Space Station (ISS) and other NASA satellites for collisions.
This “space object catalog” or Satellite Catalog (SATCAT) is maintained by Joint Combined Space Operations Center (CSp OC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, part of U. Also located at Vandenberg Air Force Base is the The U. Air Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron, which operates the Space Surveillance Network (SSN), which oversees radar and optical sensors at various sites around the world.
As a world leader in space debris research, The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) has supported the Space Surveillance Network for nearly 60 years. Space debris affects everyone especially since almost everything we do in our modern way of life uses satellite technology.
Space debris adds to the cost of operating satellites because if debris destroys a satellite, it may take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to restore that satellite's service.