Monday, February 2, 2015

Germany joins Space Situational Awareness program

Germany joins Space Situational Awareness program: Germany is to receive space situational information and services from the U.S. Air Force under an agreement signed recently with the U.S. Strategic Command.

The Air Force said the deal will enable and enhance each nation's awareness within the space and increase the safety of their spaceflight operations.

"Space Situational Awareness requires cooperation, and arrangements such as this allow us to partner more effectively," said STRATCOM commander U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney. "As more countries, companies and organizations field space capabilities and benefit from the use of space systems, it is in our collective interest to act responsibly, promote transparency and enhance the long-term sustainability, stability, safety and security of space."

Seven other countries and two international organizations are participating in the Space Situational Awareness program: Britain, South Korea, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Australia, the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.