OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. â€“ U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) signed a new Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data sharing agreement with France’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) Jan. 21, 2014.Â Â
This agreement will permit an advanced exchange of SSA data. France joins Japan, Australia, Italy, and Canada in participating in these sharing agreements directed at promoting safety of space flight.
“I am pleased to add this data sharing agreement with France to our growing list of partners in space. It will provide for greater space flight safety and enhances our national security,” said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, USSTRATCOM
The agreement enhances multinational space cooperation by streamlining the process for France’s MoD to request specific information gathered by USSTRATCOM’s Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Such information is crucial for launch support, satellite maneuver planning, support for on-orbit anomalies, electromagnetic interference reporting and investigation, satellite decommissioning activities, and on-orbit conjunction assessments.