Navigating the Orbital Racetrack: How the 18th Space Defense Squadron Finds and Tracks Debris
Moving at the speed of nearly 22,000 miles per hour, debris orbiting the Earth poses a significant threat to satellites and spacecraft. Located at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbra, California, the 18th Space Defense Squadron plays a crucial role in monitoring and tracking all artificial objects in Earth’s orbit to ensure the safety of our satellites, astronauts, and space exploration endeavors. (Photo courtesy of

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U.S. Space Command Space Symposium 39 Video Opener
United States Space Command
April 10, 2024 | 0:50
U.S. Space Command opener video for Space Symposium 39.
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