Eutelsat’s director of communication system operations Mark Rawlins was recently chosen as the SDA’s (Space Data Association) new chairman. The SDA is a global, not-for-profit organisation of satellite operators which supports efficient, reliable and controlled sharing of RF spectrum data and of the space arena. The previous chairman of the SDA, Ronald Busch, was succeeded by Rawlings.
Busch is also Intelsat’s Network Engineering vice president. The worldwide community of satellite operators established the Space Data Association in 2009, aiming to safeguard the satellite-occupied space environment’s space-oriented infrastructure and for the coordination of activity. These days 374 satellites are tracked by the association. Twenty five participating satellite companies track 137 LEO/MEO (low and medium Earth orbits) and 237 GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) satellites.