Is The Sky Really Falling? Identifying And Managing Spacecraft Conjunction Risks


Abstract

  • The era of managing spacecraft conjunction risks using the "big sky" theory is over. Today's more crowded space environment dictates a more rigorous approach. This talk will discuss the current processes in place to predict and mitigate the threat of conjunctions from a mission perspective. Included in the discussion will be examples such as Fermi's first-ever maneuver to dodge space junk and the decision to forego an SDO maneuver in light of (nearly) hidden conjunction risk.