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The Global Challenge of Space Traffic Management

  • 485 Russell Senate Office Building (map)

Space has become increasingly seen as an economically advantageous environment. Coupled with the advancement of technology and broader launch opportunities, the number of objects in orbit around the Earth is ever increasing. The global space community recognizes the importance of creating an integrated approach to managing the system of satellites and other objects circling around our planet. Adding to the urgency is the pace of activities occurring in the private sector. Many look to the U.S. to guide the conversation and propose a solution to this complex problem. The panel will address some of the important issues involved in defining a framework for a global approach to space situational awareness/space traffic management.


Asha Balakrishnan
Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analysis, Science and Technology Policy Institute

Therese Jones
Senior Director of Policy, Satellite Industry Association

George Nield
President, Commercial Space Technologies LLC

Kevin O’Connell
Director, Office of Space Commerce, Department of Commerce

Sandy Magnus
Co-Chair, IAC Local Organizing Committee (moderator)