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SIA: Act Now on Space Traffic Management, Sustainability

26 Sep 2020, 00:19 UTC
SIA: Act Now on Space Traffic Management, Sustainability
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Distribution of space debris around Earth (Credit: ESA)

Satellite Industry Association says tens of thousands of satellites aren’t going to manage themselves

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2020 (SIA PR) – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today announced the release of a number of recommendations addressing the issue of space traffic management, with the goal of supporting a long-term sustainable and safe space environment for commercial satellites and spacecraft.

The recommendations were included in a SIA White Paper titled “The Future of Space and Space Traffic Coordination and Management (STCM)”. The White Paper shares SIA and its members’ views and recommendations regarding the creation of a modern STCM regime, capable of supporting long term space sustainability and continued innovation and U.S. space leadership.

“Thanks to technological leaps in innovation and increased accessibility to space, the commercial satellite industry is currently undergoing tremendous growth which is anticipated to increasingly expand in the coming decade.” said Tom Stroup, president of SIA. The Association and its members are extremely focused on the critical importance of addressing the issue of space traffic management and sustainability now – while developing and maintaining a safe and long-term sustainable on-orbit environment for both domestic and international commercial ...

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