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Space Traffic Management Standards, Best Practices, & Guidelines: Gaps, Priorities, and Mechanisms

The United States’ Space Policy Directive – 3, “National Space Traffic Management Policy” identifies the need for more than 20 different space traffic management (STM) related standards, best practices, and guidelines to be developed to address a wide range of STM issues. This paper will assess the completeness of the list of standards, best practices, and guidelines called out in SPD-3 and identify gaps. Next, the paper will assess how they should be prioritized from a national security perspective. Then the paper will identify what organizational mechanisms currently exist, or will need to be created from scratch, to facilitate the formation of the 20+ global STM Guidelines, Best Practices, and Standards, and to promulgate them internationally. Lastly, the paper will explore the role of the Department of Defense in the establishment of such mechanisms.

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Author: Michael Gleason
Topic: Space Policy

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