A new global approach to space traffic coordination is needed to ensure that space remains accessible to current and future users, according to a new white paper MITER and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).
From shipping and logistics to emergency services to travel, almost every industry now depends on space services, but the space is increasingly crowded, with no overall attempt to manage growth. With each launch into space, orbital congestion increases and safe launch windows shrink, risking degradation or disruption of space infrastructure. These concerns have implications for our security, our economy and our way of life on Earth.
The paper recommends a US-led domestic and international convener model to promote global collaboration on space traffic coordination.
The document also offers key steps to safeguard the future use of space, including:
Identify/create an independent organizer to bring together disparate groups globally in government, industry and academia
Create greater cyber resilience
Improve maneuvers to avoid conjunctions and collisions, and create strategies to ensure commercial spatial competition.
These recommendations are based on comprehensive literature reviews, working sessions, and interviews with dozens of current and former government officials, industry representatives, and independent subject matter experts.
“Space is now a fundamental part of the global economy, but safeguards have not kept pace with the number and types of players in the environment,” said Beth Meinert, vice president and director from the Center for Government Effectiveness and Modernization. “The United States should lead by example and work with the global space community to develop standards and create the innovative technology necessary for safety, security, and progress.”
This document builds on the recommendations made in 2020 NAPA report on space traffic management. MITER has already published a surface-space architecture to reflect the growing number of space participants and encourage growth while maintaining security.
“We are thrilled to partner with MITER to build on the NAPA Group’s groundbreaking 2020 report and to further focus on how the U.S. government can help shape a safer operating space environment for all,” said Terry Gerton, President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration.
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