Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust of SpaceNews has posted a news story that the the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates they can take over the job of providing collision warnings for most satellites from the Air Force for “well under” $100 million, if the agency receives the authority to do so.
He writes that at an industry day in Washington DC on October 25th that was organized by the FAA and two industry groups, a proposal to eventually transfer the responsibility for providing collision warnings for non-military satellites to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) received widespread support, including from key officials in the FAA and Defense Department.
The FAA is still researching how to take on that responsibility, and one of the purposes of the industry day was to solicit feedback from companies and organizations about how to do so. An ongoing study by the Science and Technology Policy Institute, presented at the meeting, is looking at a wide range of approaches for the FAA with differing degrees of reliance on Air Force tracking data and other resources.
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