Paris-based Eutelsat Communications, the third-largest fixed satellite service operator in the world, has joined the Space Data Association (SDA), an organization of commercial satellite operators with the goal of reducing on-orbit collisions and radio frequency interference (RFI) through data pooling and sharing.
The addition of Eutelsat means that three of the top four fixed satellite service operators are now SDA members. Intelsat and SES created the SDA with London-based Inmarsat two years ago. The association operates the Space Data Center, the satellite community’s first global operator-led network for sharing high-accuracy operational data to improve overall space situational awareness and satellite operations. The SDC provides conjunction assessment (CA) processing for nearly 200 operational geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) satellites as well as more than 100 low-Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. The system was provided and is operated by the SDA’s main technical adviser and systems developer, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)
. In addition to the CA processing, the SDC supports data sharing in support of other satellite operations activities including RFI mitigation.
To learn more, read the press release
on the SDA website