Re: Popular Mechanics reports on declassification of TLEs

From: Brian Weeden via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:12:19 -0500
This has been in work for several years, long before SPD-3. It’s part of
the new SSA Sharing Strategy that was rolled out at least a couple years

For now, they have talked about two main efforts:
1) Publishing TLEs for acknowledged military satellites (such as WGS, AEHF,
MOUS, etc) and their associated debris objects
2) Moving many of the analyst satellites to the catalog

I would assume that many of the classified / unacknowledged satellites will
remain so, at least for a while longer.

On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 6:54 PM Charles Phillips via Seesat-l <> wrote:

> It sounds like a declassification effort has been going on, possibly
> motivated by that Space Policy Directive-3.
> Does anyone know of any public guidance on this? Any idea of what they
> might be thinking about declassifying? Does StratCom or the CSpOC or the
> 18th Satellite Control Squadron have any private (that people could talk
> about) or public comments on this? Might they release TLEs on some
> associated upper stages as has been suggested?
> We have several members that might be asked for comments but the Air Force
> has not been open to suggestions... As far as I could tell.
> Charles Phillips
> Spaceflight Research, LLC
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