Satellite Industry Association Releases Principles of Space Safety for the Commercial Satellite Industry
Washington, D.C., Oct 22, 2019 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today announced the release of a set of Principles of Space Safety, drafted to help protect freedom of use and long-term access to space by ensuring safe flight operations for satellites, human spacecraft and other space missions. SIA is a U.S.-based trade association that for more than two decades has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry regarding policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the commercial satellite business.
In 2018, SIA applauded Vice President Mike Pence and the National Space Council for recognizing the importance of managing the increasingly congested space environment while announcing recommendations for a U.S. Space Situational Awareness Policy. SIA also created a Space Sustainability Working Group to develop industry recommendations related to the Administration’s Space Policy Directive 3 regarding space traffic management and space situational awareness.
Space Sustainability Working Group co-chairs Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar and Jennifer Warren, Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation at Lockheed Martin Corporation provided the following statement. “As co-chairs of the Space Sustainability Working Group, we are pleased that SIA and its members have committed to principles on space sustainability that will assist in protecting the space domain for further commercialization, including enhancing safe flight operations for satellites, human spaceflight and other missions.”
SIA President Tom Stroup added, “SIA cannot over-emphasize the critical importance of space situational awareness and the need for the commercial satellite industry’s continued commitment to work with the Administration and collaboratively develop an effective policy for space traffic management and situational awareness. Such a policy would ensure safe satellite and human flight operations while preserving and protecting America’s vital long-term leadership and innovation in the commercial satellite industry.”
In accordance with today’s newly announced principles, SIA members are committed to responsible space operations that ensure the long-term sustainability of the space domain and support the following space safety principles for all space stakeholders:
SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit www.sia.org.
SIA Executive Members include: AT&T Services, Inc.; The Boeing Company; EchoStar Corporation; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Kuiper Systems LLC; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; OneWeb; SES Americom, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat, Inc.
SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.; Analytical Graphics, Inc.; Artel, LLC; Blue Origin; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Globalstar, Inc.; Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc.; HawkEye 360; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo DRS; Lynk; Omnispace; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton; Planet; Speedcast Government; SSL; Telesat Canada; and XTAR, LLC.
SIA Affiliate Members include: The Aerospace Corporation; AQYR Technologies; COMSAT; Comtech EF Data; Envistacom, LLC; Integrasys LLC, Kencast; NB+C; Newtec; Phasor; Radeus Labs, Inc.; RUAG Space; Sheppard Mullin; and Wiley Rein LLP