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Who Should Be America's Space Traffic Cop?

By Keith Cowing
September 1, 2020
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Who Should Be America's Space Traffic Cop?

Pick an agency, any agency, Space Review
“Congress, though, rejected the proposal, with appropriators skeptical that Commerce was the best agency to handle civil STM. Prior to SPD-3, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, or AST, had been the leading candidate to handle STM in addition to its work licensing commercial launches and reentries. While the administration decided to give that authority to the Office of Space Commerce, some in Congress still thought AST was the better home. … The report, led by a panel chaired by Michael Dominguez, former assistant secretary of the Air Force and which included former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe and former NRO director Marty Faga, was released August 20. And, much to the relief of the administration, it concluded that the Office of Space Commerce was indeed the best agency for the job. “Following its evaluative criteria, the Panel determines OSC to be best suited to perform STM tasks within the federal government,” the report succinctly stated.”

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