Space Track augmentation(?)

From: Allen Thomson via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:24:19 -0700
I don't know what this PR emanation actually means, but it might be worthwhile to keep an eye on Space Track.

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http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/494687/officials-expand-space-tracking-website.aspx

Officials expand space-tracking website
By Amaani Lyle, DOD News, Defense Media Activity / Published August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program’s Space-Track.org website.

In a recent telephone interview with DOD News, Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command’s director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from objects and ultimately create less space debris.

“We run a predictive program that shows where the objects are, where they will be in the future, and the potential for these objects to run into each other,” Thompson said.

Thompson explained that most of the debris that is considered “objects of unknown origin” resulted from launches or space collisions, but has not been definitively identified by source.

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