Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Astronautical Society of India (ASI)

in association with

Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) and New Space India Limited (NSIL)


Conference Theme

Live streaming of Inaugural ceremony on 11th January from 4:00 PM

Last Date for Registration: 31 December 2022

Workshop Theme

The rapid progress in space technology has enabled wider access to space for many new and non-traditional actors, including private industries, startups, and educational institutes. Low cost of launch and shorter development timespans have completely transformed the space arena by allowing multiple satellites to be launched simultaneously. The recent reforms announced by the Government of India have opened up avenues for participation from private industries and academia in the space sector.

In addition to the rise in the number of players, the utilization and development of space technology have also undergone phenomenal changes. There is an increasing trend towards deployment of smaller satellites due to their shorter development cycle, lower cost production, flexibility in service and resilience to failure. Typically placed in Low Earth Orbit and often without trackability and maneuverability, such satellites pose a non-trivial risk of on-orbit collisions. Proliferation of multiple large constellations of satellites, hundred to thousand in numbers, is also anticipated to contribute to the drastic rise in the population density of space objects. In this context, Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM) have become an integral and indispensable part of safe and sustainable space operations.

In light of the ever-increasing population of objects in outer space, it is essential to raise awareness on the importance of SSA and STM and address the future concerns through detailed discussions and deliberations with the concerned stakeholders. The Workshop on “SSA & STM: Growing Concerns” aims to bring out the potentially detrimental effects of the increasing number of space objects and deliberate on the methods, procedures, technologies, and policies that need to be developed and implemented to continue long-term sustainable utilization of outer space for the benefit of humankind.

Industry Meet and Exhibition

At present, a robust space situational awareness capability is an essential pre-requisite to continue safe and sustainable operations in an increasingly congested outer space. At present, India’s space object detection, tracking and monitoring capabilities are limited and need to be enhanced to meet future requirements. The current space age is also characterized by the contributions of private space industries in innovation and development of technology. Recognizing that many of the global private players have demonstrated credible space object detection and tracking capabilities and offer commercial SSA services, an Industry Meet is planned during the workshop. The meet will offer a unique networking platform where Indian industries and start-ups can interact with foreign original equipment manufacturers and industries providing SSA and STM services and explore future avenues of collaboration towards developing indigenous capabilities to offer space object tracking and monitoring services. For the foreign industries, this would be an opportunity to gauge the capabilities of Indian industries to expand their scope of operations and business through local partnership.

  • SSA and STM concepts: present and future scenarios
  • Liability, registration, and other policy & legal aspects
  • Orbital selection analysis
  • Space object observational facilities, design, manufacturing and operations
  • Requirements of tracking and monitoring, unique identifiability
  • Challenges posed by large constellations to sustainability of outer space remedies
  • Space Debris Mitigation and Remediation
  • Conjunction assessment and inter-operator coordination
  • Future challenges for ground and space-based observational systems
  • Best practices for SSA and case studies

Day-1: 11 Jan 2023

  • Registration of Delegates
  • Inauguration
  • Keynote Address
  • Open Plenary Talk
  • Gala Dinner

Day-2: 12 Jan 2023

  • Invited Talks
  • Panel Discussion

Day-3: 13 Jan 2023

  • Industry Meet
  • Round-table Discussion

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Dr. G Satheesh Reddy

Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri, Govt. of India


Dr. Jer Chyi Liou

NASA Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris, NASA


Dr. Brian Weeden

Director of Program Planning,
Secure World Foundation


Prof. Thomas Schildknecht

Astronomical Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland


Dr. Christophe Bonnal

Senior Expert, Strategy Directorate, CNES


Dr. Tim Flohrer

Head of Space Debris Office, Space Safety Programme Office, Directorate of Operations, ESA


Dr. Shinichi Nakamura

Pro. Eng(Aerospace JP), Head of Flight Dynamics Team, JAXA


Dr. Umamaheswaran R

Distinguished Scientist & Director HSFC, ISRO


Dr. Juan Carlos Dolado Perez

Co-founder, Look Up Space, France


Dr. Anil Kumar A. K.

Associate Director, ISTRAC, ISRO


Dr. Ranjana Kaul

Director, International Institute of Space Law, Paris, France


Dr. Rachit Bhatia

Space Safety Analytics & Research Lead, LeoLabs, USA


Scott D. Brodeur

Founder & CEO of Trifecta Space Solutions LLC


Rithwik Neelakantan

Senior Applications Engineer (SSA), Digantara

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