SDA and AGI to launch next generation Space Traffic Management service


The Space Data Association (SDA) and Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) have entered into a long term agreement to launch an upgraded Space Data Center (SDC) Space Traffic Management (STM) service, powered by ComSpOC.

SDC 2.0, which will be available to all members of the SDA, has a highly accurate, independently generated catalogue of space objects which will grow to include objects larger than 20cm in and traversing the GEO arc, and will allow for transparent and actionable collision warnings. The service also features functionality to combat Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), including the construction of geolocation scenarios and a Carrier ID database.

“As satellite operators, it is vitally important that we continually improve the Space Situational Environment to ensure safety of our own missions, continuity of services, and protection of the space environment for all operators. After considerable analysis we have determined that the collision risks are higher than previously understood. We underwent a comprehensive process to determine key requirements, conducted extensive market research and a competitive procurement process, and have concluded that AGI can offer the best STM service to adequately mitigate these risks. AGI clearly understands this critical mission and the SDC 2.0 service, using AGI capabilities, delivers the best value and is timely, validated and reliable,” stated Mark Rawlins, SDA Chairman.

“We applaud the leadership of the SDA executive members Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, and SES for continuing to set the standard for responsible space operations and traffic management,” said Paul Graziani, AGI CEO and founder. “We look forward to extending our trusted working relationship with SDA as its Exclusive STM Services Provider and working in partnership with them to expand the boundaries of STM capability and space safety.”

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