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O’Connell: Debris Top Priority in New Space Safety Rules

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and debris mitigation can be seen as just “another high-end data analytics problem,” says Kevin O’Connell, of the Commerce Department.

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HAC Stiffs New Commerce Bureau for Satellite Regulation

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


House appropriators rejected Trump’s plan to put satellite regulation under the Commerce Department and chide Secretary Wilbur Ross for his refusal to testify on the 2020 budget request.

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Satellite Firms Debate New Commerce Space Safety Rules

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Industry officials say there remain strong pockets of resistance to any new regulations, especially among aggressive space startups.

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The US Needs A ‘Coast Guard’ For Space: Semper Paratus Exteriores Spatium

Posted by Michael Sinclair on


A battle has been underway for several years now over who will become the FAA of space and how they will do the job. Some wanted the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Tranportation, which boasts the great acronym, FAST. Some wanted NOAA or NASA. Most did not want the Air Force, which has had a… Keep reading →

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