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What Would a Major Space Weather Event Mean to America? December 5, 2012

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On December 4, the Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council hosted “What Would a Major Space Weather Event Mean to America?” under our ongoing Day Without Space series.

Ever more frequently, we hear of a news story about a communications satellite which has been partially or completely disabled as a result of a solar flare from the sun. What would it mean to our communications satellites if we had a solar event equivalent to the 1989 solar storm, which plunged millions of people in Quebec into total darkness? Now that our economic and national security is increasingly tied to our space-based assets, what would a major solar event meant to our economic and national security?

The event featured presentations from:

  • Michael Bonadonna, Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology, NOAA
  • Tom Mahony, Senior Advanced Systems Manager, Ball Aerospace
  • Dr. Kevin Forbes, Associate Professor of Economics, The Catholic University of America

Video and the presenters’ slides will be posted shortly.