Mark Dickinson, the Vice President of Satellite Operations at Inmarsat and the Chairman of the Space Data Association, is another confirmed speaker at IRG’s Annual Workshop this October. The SDA is a non-profit association that brings together satellite operators who value controlled, reliable and efficient data-sharing critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment and RF spectrum.
The SDA is an organisation that allows operators to safely and effectively operate their satellites and protect the space environment. At the workshop, Mark will be considering the rising risk of collision in space and the importance of a widespread awareness of threats.
“The integrity of Space relies on the mindfulness of those occupying it. It’s important for all satellite operators to be aware of the risks associated with operating in the space environment and take appropriate mitigation measures. The SDA is launching the Space Data Center 2.0 to allow operators to manage the rising risk of collisions, given the ever more congested space environment. We as an industry need to work together to ensure that we can avoid these preventable problems in the future,” – Mark Dickinson, Space Data Association.
The SDC 2.0 has two main functions. The first is improved space situational awareness, provided through a high accuracy, extensive and independently generated catalogue of objects. This system will for the first time provide operators with timely, transparent and actionable conjunction notifications. The second is a Radio Frequency Interference service, which includes a Carrier ID database, to help operators work together to identify the source of interference. Geolocation solution sets will allow operators to determine the best neighbouring satellites to enable geolocation.
Mark will lead the discussion on how the industry as a whole can work together to reduce both the effects of interference and the risk of collision.
The Annual Workshop will be held on the 25th and 26th of October in Brighton, UK. For more information, or to register, please visit the website.