A report carried out by Science Applications International Corp. recommends the U.S. government transfer space traffic management oversight responsibilities to a civilian agency, Space News reported Wednesday.
The study evaluated five frameworks for space traffic management of non-military spacecraft, including the current system where the U.S. Air Force issues warnings of potential collisions to satellite operators.
SAIC identified an alternative framework called “Civil-Based Space Traffic Safety Monitoring and Facilitation” as the “quickest and most affordable way” to transfer space traffic management responsibility to a civilian agency, Foust reported.
Under that scenario, the civilian agency would facilitate voluntary information sharing among satellite operators and use Defense Department resources to track objects and provide alerts on potential collisions.
The report stated the civilian agency could take on a regulatory role over time.