Space Situational Awareness

Non-Traditional Sensor Utilization

As the size of the space object catalog grows, the demand for more tracking capacity increases. One solution is to exploit existing sensors that are primarily dedicated to other mission areas. SpaceNav is working with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to produce improved orbit information by fusing raw observations from MDA assets with state vector information from the Space Surveillance Network (SSN). Our fused, improved orbit solution is used operationally to compute more accurate close approach predictions for objects that pose a potential collision risk with MDA space assets.