Satellite Catalog Renumbering: What Does That Mean and Should I Be Worried?
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA
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Satellites are vital to our everyday life. Whether in support of transportation, commerce, emergency services, or communication, knowledge of where the satellite is located is essential to proper execution of these functions. The Joint Space Operating Center maintains a catalog of all earth satellites and distributes the locations via a fixed-format message called the Two Line Element Set. Because of growth of the number of objects in the satellite catalog, it is expected that the fixed format will be insufficient to accommodate the satellite identifying number perhaps as soon as a few years from today. It is essential that Aerospace and our customer begin to plan and budget for needed software changes to accommodate a new, as yet undetermined format.
- Information Science
- Unmanned Spacecraft