Pence announces new space traffic management policy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The National Space Council has formulated a comprehensive space traffic management policy, which it will “soon” be sent to the president’s desk for approval, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced Monday.

“This new policy directs the Department of Commerce to provide a basic level of space situational awareness for public and private use based on the space catalog compiled by the Department on Defense so that our military leaders can focus on protecting and defending our national security assets in space,” Pence said during a speech at the Space Symposium.

“The policy will also encourage the commercial space industry to partner with the government to develop data-sharing systems, technical guidelines and safety standards to apply domestically and be promoted internationally that will help minimize debris, avoid satellite collisions during launch and while in orbit.”

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