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Dancing Lights in Space: How to Manage The Risks of Satellite Close Approaches in Geostationary Orbit

January 26, 2022 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

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Both commercial satellite operators and governments are increasingly concerned about uncoordinated close approaches of their satellites by others in space, particularly in the geostationary belt where many valuable commercial and national security satellites reside.

The Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) are holding this online event from 10:00 to 12:00 EST January 26, 2022 to discuss this issue and what might be done about it. The event will kick off with a keynote address from Ms. Audrey Schaffer, Space Director for the U.S. National Security Council, which will be followed by panel discussions on current space situational awareness capabilities to see what is happening in space and national and multilateral policy initiatives to manage the risks posed by close approaches.

The event will also introduce the Satellite Dashboard, a new public website developed by SWF, CSIS, and the University of Texas at Austin, that uses publicly-available data to monitor and detect close approaches in the geostationary orbit.

This event is hosted jointly by the Secure World Foundation and CSIS's Aerospace Security Project.

Event Partners

Secure World Foundation

Todd Harrison

Todd Harrison

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Aerospace Security Project and Defense Budget Analysis
Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson

Former Deputy Director and Fellow, Aerospace Security Project

Audrey Schaffer

Director for Space Policy - National Security Council

Brien Flewelling

Innovation Boffin - ExoAnalytics

Dan Oltrogge

Director, Integrated Operations and Research - COMSPOC

Marc Becker

Policy Officer, Space Situational Awareness - DLR

Doug Loverro

Non-Resident Senior Associate - CSIS

Brian Weeden

Director of Program Planning - Secure World Foundation

Alessandro Cacioni

Director, Flight Dynamics - Inmarsat

Almudena Azcárate Ortega

Associate Researcher, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Other Strategic Weapons - UNIDIR