Important requirements for safety in space

15 October 2015: In an article for Space News, Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Inmarsat U.S. Government SVP Government Strategy and Policy, addresses the urgent need for a commercial and government partnership to create solutions to ensure our satellite launches and operations are conducted within a safe orbital environment.

Such an environment remains critical to preserve the freedom that allows for today’s level of spectrum access — access that serves as the lifeblood of satellite communications, supporting servicemen and women during global missions.

U.S. top military leaders regularly speak of significant threats to our space domain, due to debris and actions of hostile parties. It is no secret that other nations have made a point to demonstrate anti-satellite weapons that not only destroy the satellite, but also create debris that threatens the entire space environment.

Government-industry collaboration

As a responsible, reliable and trusted satellite operator, Inmarsat has stepped up as one of the commercial firms that the U.S. government is turning to for answers about space safety.

Our efforts are inspiring action and our collaboration will not only seek reductions in accidental collisions but also the elimination of intentional satellite frequency ‘jamming’.

In addition, Inmarsat and several other key national security space commercial operators are now piloting the Commercial Integration Cell within the DoD’s Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC).

This cell will elevate the military’s visibility of how private-sector satellites function, lending insights as to how to integrate commercial industry capabilities into day-to-day space operations.

To learn more about how we can support U.S. government in protecting our space environment from imminent threats, read the full article here: www.spacenews.com.