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Ontology for the Space Situational Awareness Programme in Europe

Robert J. Rovetto1
Center for Orbital Debris Education & Research, Univ. of Maryland1

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Publishing year2017 PublisherESA Space Debris Office Publishing typeConference Name of conference7th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
T. Flohrer, F. Schmitz


This paper presents an ontology architecture concept for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Program. It incorporates the author’s domain ontology, The Space Situational Awareness Ontology and related ontology work. I summarize computational ontology, discuss the segments of ESA SSA, and introduce an option for a modular ontology framework reflecting the divisions of the SSA program. Among other things, ontologies are used for data sharing and integration. By applying ontology to ESA data, the ESA may better achieve its integration and innovation goals, while simultaneously improving the state of peaceful SSA.