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Stephen K. Hunter, USAFFollow

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Paper (supporting PowerPoints may be added as Additional Files)

Location

Henderson Welcome Center

Start Date

17-11-2016 3:45 PM

Abstract

Leveraging existing U.S. regulatory frameworks, as well as international organizations, will dramatically shorten the time needed to develop an effective Space Traffic Management concept. Both the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation have been working with the U.S. Congress to define and develop a Space Traffic Management concept that will allow the Office of Commercial Space Launch to begin a new mission that will help to ensure the safety and resilience of the space domain. Outside observers can easily see forward progress toward this, still, undeveloped concept. This paper explores potential final U.S. Space Traffic Management concepts that would be consistent with on-going U.S. Government work using existing frameworks and regulatory templates. Further, this paper explores far-term expansion of the U.S. Space Traffic Management concept in the international arena by extrapolating existing concepts and using existing organizations. This paper argues that the international, “top-down”, approach hinders the process of developing a usable global Space Traffic Management concept and, by taking a leadership role, the U.S. can develop a useful concept for U.S. entities that can be expanded to an international audience more easily and in a manner much more palatable to non-U.S. entities. This paper further explores the benefits to the commercial, civil, and military sectors by using the “bottom-up” approach and discusses recent international venues in which this concept was used to explore space domain resilience.

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Nov 17th, 3:45 PM

Space Traffic Management Concepts Leveraging Existing Frameworks

Henderson Welcome Center

Leveraging existing U.S. regulatory frameworks, as well as international organizations, will dramatically shorten the time needed to develop an effective Space Traffic Management concept. Both the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation have been working with the U.S. Congress to define and develop a Space Traffic Management concept that will allow the Office of Commercial Space Launch to begin a new mission that will help to ensure the safety and resilience of the space domain. Outside observers can easily see forward progress toward this, still, undeveloped concept. This paper explores potential final U.S. Space Traffic Management concepts that would be consistent with on-going U.S. Government work using existing frameworks and regulatory templates. Further, this paper explores far-term expansion of the U.S. Space Traffic Management concept in the international arena by extrapolating existing concepts and using existing organizations. This paper argues that the international, “top-down”, approach hinders the process of developing a usable global Space Traffic Management concept and, by taking a leadership role, the U.S. can develop a useful concept for U.S. entities that can be expanded to an international audience more easily and in a manner much more palatable to non-U.S. entities. This paper further explores the benefits to the commercial, civil, and military sectors by using the “bottom-up” approach and discusses recent international venues in which this concept was used to explore space domain resilience.