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The National Science Foundation’s NOIRLAB and the  American Astronomical Society will hold the Satellite Constellations 2 (SATCON 2) Workshop virtually from July 12-16, 2021.

More information and a registration link are on the event’s website.  The website describes the workshop as follows:

Satellite Constellations 2 Workshop

In early 2020, 40 experts came together to assess the impact of satellite constellations on astronomy and to consider possible mitigation solutions . Funding was provided by NSF to NSF’s NOIRLab in partnership with the AAS. They presented their findings for discussion at the SATCON1 workshop at the end of June 2020. A year later, another group of experts are gathering to prepare for a second workshop. SATCON2, the Satellite Constellations 2 workshop, will take place online only on 12–16 July 2021 with no registration fee. We will discuss how to implement the strategies and recommendations emerging from SATCON1 to minimize the negative impacts of satellite constellations on astronomy and the night sky.

SATCON2 has three objectives:

  1. Define and quantify resources, metrics, and collaborations needed to implement the SATCON1 recommendations, many of which will require substantial effort and funds to address.
  2. Engage astronomers and satellite operators collaboratively in exploring policy frameworks and developing policy points for operations in low Earth orbit (LEO).
  3. Increase the diversity of stakeholders and perspectives working to address both the challenges and the opportunities for astronomers, satellite operators, and all of humanity that are created by the industrialization of space.



July 12 @ 7:30 am
July 16 @ 5:00 pm