US, UAE To Share Space Situational Awareness Data

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    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — US Strategic Command and the United Arab Emirates have reached an agreement to share space situational awareness services and data, the command announced Tuesday at the Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium.

    The agreement will enhance awareness in space and increase the safety of spaceflight operations, according to an April 12 statement from STRATCOM. The deal was signed April 11 by US Air Force Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, STRATCOM director of plans and policy, and Khalifa Al-Romaithi, the chariman of the board of directors for the UAE Space Agency.

    “We must be able to maintain situational awareness, act where necessary, and as stated in the 2010 Space Policy, preserve the space environment,” said US Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of STRATCOM, according to the statement. “Recognizing an evolving and diverse space environment — and a need to preserve access in space — it is imperative we work with and leverage our key allies and partners like the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to increase situational awareness in space.”
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