SES SA, Intelsat and Inmarsat have founded the Space Data Association (SDA) to share critical operational data for satellite operations, improving flight safety and preserving the space environment.

SES president and CEO Romain Bausch said the sharing of data among satellite operators has been a key factor in the successful management of space resources they share.

“The SDA will provide the means for improving that sharing, securing the integrity of operations for all satellite operators and contributing to the long-term sustainability of the space environment,” Bausch said.

The SDA, open to all satellite operators, will also set up a satellite data centre to enhance the management of satellite conjunction analysis and mitigation of RF interference.

The electronic data center will become operational in 2010.