12-13 May 2015 “Space Situational Awareness” Baltimore, Maryland


Full details, registration, and updates and enquiries on this conference are at the website SSA2015

Below is the main text introducing the conference, taken from SSA2015.SSA-Web-Banner

“Welcome to Space Situational Awareness 2015

Following on from yet another very successful conference in London in November 2014, Space Situational Awareness 2015 will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

With increasing dependence on space-based services, the ability to protect space infrastructure has become essential to our society. Any shutdown of even a part of space infrastructures could have significant consequences for the well-functioning of economic activities and our citizens’ safety, and would impair the provision of emergency services.

However, space infrastructures are increasingly threatened by the risk of collision between spacecraft and more importantly, between spacecraft and space debris. As a matter of fact, space debris has become the most serious threat to the sustainability of certain space activities.

In order to mitigate the risk of collision it is necessary to identify and monitor satellites and space debris, catalogue their positions, and track their movements (trajectory) when a potential risk of collision has been identified, so that satellite operators can be alerted to move their satellites. This activity is known as space surveillance and tracking (SST), and is today mostly based on ground-based sensors such as telescopes and radars.

With a focus on solving the political issues but not ignoring the technical, Space Situational Awareness 2015 is the second gathering of dedicated SSA experts from across Europe and the USA, to discuss and debate the business, political and technical challenges that lie ahead.

Who should attend Space Situational Awareness 2015?

Space Situational Awareness 2015 is a community of experts from Government, Space Agencies, Satellite/Spacecraft Operators, Space Lawyers, Space Insurance providers and Defense who are looking to understand and predict the physical location of natural and manmade objects in orbit around the Earth, with the objective of avoiding collisions.

How can you get involved in  Space Situational Awareness 2015?

If you feel that you could add to the debate and discussion at Space Situational Awareness 2015, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please drop us a line on +44(0)7557792432 or email me at [email protected].

Secure your place early and take advantage of the early registration discounts.

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.

Kind Regards,

Natalie Canter
Programme Director”


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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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