ISSF Opposes Space Fence Closure

Updated September 1, 2013

Washington, D.C. — The International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF), a non-profit organization that promotes space safety, opposes the planned shutdown of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence locations in the United States prior to the construction and startup of the next-generation Space Fence known as the Air Force Space Surveillance System (AFSSS). The Space Fence, which provides nearly 40% of the uncued tracking capability within the Space Surveillance Network, is a critical enabler to minimizing the possibility of on-orbit collisions and providing robust space situational awareness to all space operators. We ask the U.S. government to correct this decision before the shutdown of these facilities becomes permanent.

Contact:
 Merryl Azriel, VP of Public Affairs
 secretary@spacesafetyfoundation.org
 +1 240.230.3788

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About the International Space Safety Foundation

The International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering policies of international cooperation and scientific progress in the field of space safety through educational initiatives, certifications, and funding of research. Foundation membership is comprised of aerospace agencies, organizations, corporations, space safety professionals, and enthusiasts dedicated to advancing the principles and practice of space safety. ISSF seeks to advance technical, organizational, and socio-political cultures to make space missions, vehicles, stations, extraterrestrial habitats, equipment, and payloads safer for the general public, ground personnel, space travelers, and crews. ISSF supports the preservation of the orbital environment to ensure safe use and access by present and future generations. Learn more and get involved at issf.space-safety.org.