How Disagreement Over Space Terms Can Create Barriers to Transparency in the Space Domain
NSI, Inc. Boston, United States
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Everyone knows that space situational awareness SSA is difficult.1 Characteristics of the space domain that distinguish SSA from situational awareness within other domains are the remoteness of space and the presence of naturally occurring threats in the space environment. The distance and speed at which satellites operate make inspection, tracking, and assessment of damage source and extent difficult. The space environment also presents many naturally occurring threats that could at times be attributed as deliberate attacks. These include meteors and fragments, as well as sun flares and other inclement space weather that can damage or destroy satellites or their electronic systems.