Accession Number : ADA332257

Title :   Space Surveillance; DoD and NASA Need Consolidated Requirements and a coordinated Plan

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA332257

Report Date : DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : During the past 40 years, the number of manmade space objects orbiting the earth active and inactive satellites and debris generated from launch vehicle and satellite breakups has increased dramatically. Knowing what objects are in space and their locations are important because of the (1) implications of foreign satellite threats to U.S. national security and (2) hazards that such objects create for multibillion dollar space programs, especially large ones such as the International Space Station. GAO evaluated (1) how well DOD'S existing surveillance capabilities support DOD'S and NASA'S current and future surveillance requirements and (2) the extent to which potential surveillance capabilities and technologies are coordinated to provide opportunities for improvements.

Descriptors :   *SPACE SURVEILLANCE, *COLLISION AVOIDANCE, *SPACECRAFT DEBRIS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, EARTH ORBITS, SPACECRAFT TRAJECTORIES, SPACE STATIONS, MILITARY SATELLITES, SPACE MISSIONS, SPACE OBJECTS, SATELLITE NETWORKS, RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITES.

Subject Categories : Astronautics
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE