U.S. space surveillance unit: Few issues with SpaceX Starlink; universities are toughest cubesat owners for us

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — U.S. Strategic Command’s 18th Space Control Squadron (18 SPCS), which tracks and catalogues space objects and makes data available worldwide, is stepping up efforts to integrate data from commercial space-surveillance companies despite a slow evaluation process, the squadron’s spaceflight safety lead said.

She also said that while it has taken time for 18 SPCS to identify all 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites launched together on May 24, the satellites were quickly catalogued.

“We have a lot of data on that” launch . . .

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