Sixth US/Russian space surveillance workshop Conference Paper uri icon


  • Since 1994 US and Russian space surveillance experts have held six space surveillance workshops. The 1994, 1998 and 2000 workshops were held at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, the 1996 workshop was held in Poznan, Poland (in conjunction with the IAU Dynamics and Astrometry of Natural and Artificial Celestial Bodies Colloquium) and the 2003 and 2005 workshops were held at the Pulkovo Observatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. The intent of the workshops has been to further communication between the US and Russian space surveillance communities and to mutually learn from the knowledge, methods, and experience of the other. It is recognized that the two countries are trying to solve the same problems and the truth is unique. There has been significant overlap in the people participating in the workshops, which has contributed to the development of a friendly and cooperative atmosphere at the workshops. One result of these workshops has been joint research projects. Two papers resulting from the joint research program have been selected as Best Conference Papers and a team of the organizers of the workshops and joint research program received the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) International Scientific Cooperation Award. Several quality papers by Russian authors describing the algorithms used in Russia for maintaining the Russian space object catalog have been published In the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. This paper will provide an overview of the Sixth US/Russian Space Surveillance Workshop held at the Pulkovo Observatory in St Petersburg, Russia, 22-26 August 2005. First, a summary of the previous workshops will be provided. With this history, key papers from the first five conferences will be identified. Then the highlights of the 6th Workshop will be discussed. The workshop organization will be presented and then the key results from the workshop will be discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cefola, P. J., & Alfriend, K. T.

publication date

  • December 2006