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European countries are increasingly investing into space situational awareness assets. Germany's GESTRA radar is expected to start operating in 2018. Credit: Fraunhofer FHR
Launchspace Technologies proposes sending Debris Collection Units with replaceable, mesh Debris Impact Pads into orbits shaped and synchronized to clean up debris as it crosses the equator, while stearing clear of satellites and debris large enough to track. Credit: a.i. solutions artist’s concept.
Susan Hagerty, Ball Aerospace staff consultant. Credit: Tom Kimmell
AGI's Commercial Space Operations Center (ComSpOC)  was on exhibit at Satellite 2017 in Washington. Credit: SpaceNews/Greg Thomas
ExoAnayltic Solutions VP and CIO Taylor Mitchell wearing a "Make SSA Great Again" hat at Satellite 2017's opening reception. Credit: SpaceNews
LeoLabs new radar in Midland, Texas, came on line in February. Credit: LeoLabs
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier, U.S. Strategic Command  director of plans and policy, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at USSTRATCOM headquarters on Feb. 7 to share space situational awareness (SSA) services and information with the Belgium Federal Science Policy Office.  Credit: USSTRATCOM
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The heads of U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command were among the military leaders who visited the recently established Joint Interagency Combined Space Operatioins Center at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado in January. Credit:  Air Force/Christopher DeWitt
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Two cubesats after launch from the International Space Station's Small Satellite Orbital Deployer. Credit: NASA
Lt. Col. Scott Putnam, 18th Space Control Squadron commander, addresses members in attendance during an assumption of command ceremony, July 22, 2016, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Putnam assumed command of the 18th SPCS, the newest space surveillance unit that will fall under the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Robert J. Volio)
The Midland International Air & Space Port is already home base for two entrepreneurial space firms: XCOR and Orbital Outfitters, which took this photo during their 2014 groundbreaking.
Applied Minds, Inc. created a vision of how to achieve optimal SSA through the “ JSpOC of the Future” demonstration at their Glendale, California, facility. The company designed and built a fullscale, multi-faceted command center mockup that demonstrated advanced tools and techniques for distributed collaboration, data fusion, visualization, and adaptive planning. Credit: U.S. Air Force Research Lab

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