How to Avoid Spacecraft Collisions

Space traffic coordination needs massive amounts of data analysis to operate safely and efficiently.

Why Space Congestion Matters

The timeline video above illustrates the number of objects in orbit since 1957, which continues to grow at an exponential rate with the accelerated pace of space activity. Left unaddressed, the current trend poses a legitimate threat to the sustainability for the future of space operations.

Enabling Broader Data Sharing for Safe Space Operations

The fusion of different data sources will help generate improved orbit predictions, identify potential collisions, and provide visualizations and recommended actions for risk mitigation.
The colored ellipsoids represent the respective location covariance (area of uncertainty) for two satellites. The ellipsoids overlapping indicate a high probability of collision. Incorporating data from commercial and international partners will help enable OADR to enhance the precision and areas of coverage and alleviate the need for unnecessary maneuvers.

Shared Solutions for Space’s Most Complex Challenges



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