CSSI's SOCRATES-GEO Adds 100th Satellite
Public and Government Relations
Analytical Graphics, Inc. Phone: 610-981-8167
Exton, PA (Aug. 4, 2008)—The Center for Space Standards & Innovation’s SOCRATES-GEO service reached a milestone June 26 when the 100th GEO satellite was added to its system. CSSI, the research arm of Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), provides Satellite Orbital Conjunction Reports Assessing Threatening Encounters in Space (SOCRATES), a service for satellite owner/operators that lists the top 10 pending potential satellite collisions each week. In early 2008, CSSI began offering SOCRATES-GEO, an enhanced version of the service that monitors satellites in geostationary (GEO) orbit. SOCRATES-GEO uses a variety of improved orbital data sources to provide improved conjunction monitoring for participants. Using this information can significantly reduce the number of false alarms, particularly with conjunctions between two operational satellites. As of June 2008, SOCRATES has six global participants in its system: Intelsat, Inmarsat, EchoStar, SES (Astra, New Skies, and Americom), NOAA, and Star One.
CSSI’s T.S. Kelso, SOCRATES creator and operator, is pleased to see success for the service. “SOCRATES now covers more than 25 percent of all active payloads in GEO. With the increase in space debris and operational satellites, we trust our service’s success will continue to assist the satellite owner/operator community.”
As a satellite owner/operator, all you need to do to get access to SOCRATES-GEO is to provide orbital data for the satellites you operate. Of course, the more satellites covered, the better the system works. If you are interested, please contact CSSI's Dr. T.S. Kelso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Analytical Graphics, Inc. develops commercial off-the-shelf analysis software for land, sea, air, and space that is relied upon by the national security and space communities in more than 32,000 worldwide installations. AGI’s software includes desktop applications, an embeddable engine, and lightweight component libraries, with a wide range of licensing and pricing options. For additional information about AGI, e-mail email@example.com or explore www.agi.com.
The Center for Space Standards & Innovation (CSSI), a research arm of Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), fosters mutually acceptable astrodynamic standards, enables data exchange, and creates innovative technical solutions that serve public interests in civil, commercial, academic, national, and international space communities. CSSI’s mission is to act as a resource and promote optimum use of space assets to further enhance US security and public awareness of space information. For additional information on CSSI, visit www.centerforspace.com.