An urgent call for action on space traffic management

Lawmakers have begun to turn their attention to low-Earth orbit as it gets more congested.

The need to better manage traffic in space is growing more urgent as companies start launching constellations that will eventually include hundreds of satellites, says Dean Bellamy, the senior director of space strategies and development at Peraton.

Lawmakers have begun to turn their attention to low-Earth orbit as it gets more congested and held a pair of hearings this year on the subject. But more is warranted as companies like SpaceX and Amazon prepare to launch thousands of satellites into orbit, according to Bellamy, a retired Air Force officer who was chief of the National Reconnaissance Office’s policy and strategy group.

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