NAPA endorses Office of Space Commerce to lead management of space traffic

National Space Society has announced its endorsement of National Academy of Public Administration´s (NAPA) decision to recommend the Office of Space Administration to take responsibility for space traffic management, the society said.

NAPA´s recommendation breaks a stalemate holding back US capacity for managing space traffic in the face over 8000 tons of orbital debris and a sharp increase in satellite launches.

Managing assets in orbit and beyond critical to commercial space operations and US security.

NAPA recommended that the Department of Commerce be responsible for publicly releasing non-military Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data as part of a new responsibility for Space Traffic Management (STM). NAPA also agreed that the Office of Space Commerce (OSC), currently in NOAA, be elevated to the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and urged Congress to pass authorizing legislation for the move along with an annual funding increase for OSC from its usual USD 1.8 million to USD 15 million.

Safe, efficient, and effective space traffic management is an increasingly critical part of the new space economy and national security.

The National Space Society was founded in 1987 via a merger of the National Space Institute and the L5 Society, which together carry forward the work of space settlement pioneer Gerard K. O´Neill. The NSS is the preeminent citizen´s voice on space exploration and development.