Conference Proceeding

As 3 Global Commons Converge a New Paradigm Emergesin Space-Based Maritime Situational Awareness

Mr. Geo. Guy Thomas,

In the 21st century it is widely recognized that there are four global commons where all nations of the world meet and interact, thus all nations have a stake in seeing that there is order in them. Those four commons, in chronological order of creation, are: Maritime, Air, Space, and Cyber. Although most do not yet fully comprehend the fact, the leading edge technologies of two of those global highways, Space and Cyber, are rapidly converging and dramatically changing operations in many aspects of life on Earth. This is especially true in the original commons, the maritime domain. This paper lays out how unclassified space systems, starting with Satellite AIS (S-AIS), coupled with advancements in the handling and processing of large amounts of data in the cyber world, are providing the opportunity for substantially increased maritime situational awareness (MSA) for the good of all nations.As more and better Earth observation satellites are launched and data fusion / analysis systems capabilities expand, Space and Cyber have formed a very cost effective synergism. Intelligently applied it can make traditional terrestrial systems dramatically more effective, thereby saving substantial amounts of money. This is especially true in the maritime domain and while it remains to be fully established exactly how far these saving will outweigh the cost of employing the space systems, many of us who have studied the subject believe this will be the case and the savings and improved efficiencies will more than pay for the space systems by a significant margin. This hypothesis should be examined by the naval and national think tanks of the world as a matter of the first order. The payoffs should be huge.

Published: 17 July 2017


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