Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Space

International space experts convene at Embry-Riddle’s 4th annual Space Traffic Management Conference

Top aviation and aerospace executives and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, the German Aerospace Center and the U.S. Department of State, among others, gathered at the Daytona Beach Campus in January to discuss critical topics and changes facing the space industry.

The five-day conference (Jan. 15-19) focused on the theme Seeking Sustainable Solutions and was hosted by the Spaceflight Operations program and Applied Aviation Sciences department at the College of Aviation.

“The conference was created to provide a forum for discourse among academia and leaders of government and industry from multiple disciplines and different aspects of the air/space traffic management set of issues,” says Diane Howard, conference chair and assistant professor of Spaceflight Operations at the Daytona Beach Campus.

Conference attendees participated in a variety of roundtable discussions and international panels. The topics addressed included: commercial space transportation and impacts on the National Airspace System; security issues; challenges and benefits of increasing small satellite constellations capacity; integrating satellite-based ADS-B; communication standards for space traffic; government research needs; future models of space traffic management; and international initiatives.

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