Policy Challenges for Civil Situational Awareness and Traffic Management in Space

May, 2017
IDA document: D-8486
FFRDC: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Type: Research Summary/Research Insights , Space
As part of a project on provision of future civil space situational awareness (SSA) services, the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) identified general approaches to providing such services and specific options for one of those approaches—provision by a civil government entity, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) within the Department of Transportation. STPI evaluated the approaches and options in terms of strengths and challenges they present and estimated the costs for provision of the services.