Nov. 15, 2023
Navigating the Orbital Racetrack: How the 18th Space Defense Squadron Finds and Tracks Debris
VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. —
Imagine you're a racecar driver hurtling along a crowded track, surrounded by hundreds of other vehicles. They're in front, behind, and beside you, weaving through the lanes at breakneck speed. Some are even traveling towards you, whizzing past with just inches to spare. This is the reality of our space environment today, where satellites are constantly maneuvering and orbiting our planet, dodging debris and other spacecraft as they go. And as global space operations continue to increase, so too will the risk of close calls and collisions.