Evolution and Implementation of the NASA Robotic Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis Concept of OperationsReacting to potential on-orbit collision risk in an operational environment requires timely and accurate communication and exchange of data, information, and analysis to ensure informed decision-making for safety of flight and responsible use of the shared space environment. To accomplish this mission, it is imperative that all stakeholders effectively manage resources: devoting necessary and potentially intensive resource commitment to responding to high-risk conjunction events and preventing unnecessary expenditure of resources on events of low collision risk. After 10 years of operational experience, the NASA Robotic Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis (CARA) is modifying its Concept of Operations (CONOPS) to ensure this alignment of collision risk and resource management. This evolution manifests itself in the approach to characterizing, reporting, and refining of collision risk. Implementation of this updated CONOPS is expected to have a demonstrated improvement on the efficacy of JSpOC, CARA, and owner/operator resources.
Newman, Lauri K. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Frigm, Ryan C. (AI Solutions, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Duncan, Matthew G. (SpaceNav, LLC Boulder, CO, United States)
Hejduk, Matthew D. (Astrorum Consulting LLC United States)