Space Situational Awareness Control Centre

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Topics covered:

  1. Awareness in space.

 

Space Situational Awareness Control Centre

 

What to study?

For prelims and mains: SSAM- need, significance and features of SSACC.

 

Context: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has laid the foundation stone for the Space Situational Awareness Control Centre in Bengaluru.

 

Background:

ISRO has set up a Directorate of Space Situational Awareness and Management aiming at protecting high valued space assets from space debris close approaches and collisions. To carryout systematically all activities related to SSAM, a control centre is being established at Bengaluru.

 

Key functions:

  1. The control centre would host a range of activities related to the protection of Indian space assets from inactive satellites, pieces of orbiting objects, near earth asteroids and adverse space weather conditions. 
  2. It would also assimilate the tracking data of inactive satellites from indigenous observation facilities and generates useful information from bare observations through analysis.

 

Significance:

Space Situational Awareness & Management (SSAM) has become an internationally significant area due to the rise of manmade space debris and the increased collision threat with operational spacecraft.

 

Sources: the Hindu.