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Space Situational Awareness Satellites

Space Situational Awareness

In simplest terms, space situational awareness (SSA) is knowing what is happening, or possibly may happen, in the space around an object or point. For many organizations, such as the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), SSA is decidedly near-Earth focused, encompassing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance activities, space environmental monitoring, and launch detection. USSTRATCOM’s SSA activities are an attempt to characterize every object orbiting around the Earth, particularly those launched by other nations.


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The United States currently operates the most capable SSA system, the Space Surveillance Network (SSN). The SSN is composed of stations based around the globe that use a combination of radar and optical information to track objects in orbit. The system has impressive abilities; it is able to detect...
Year: 2014
Country: Russia, United States
As the space around Earth becomes increasingly crowded with satellites and debris, preventing further collisions is essential. Space Situational Awareness (SSA) systems are designed to locate and track objects in Earth’s orbit and predict potential collisions. Even very small objects moving at...

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