Today, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) via the Office of Space Commerce.
The RFI seeks information from interested parties on:
- Specific capabilities commercial entities might currently and in the future provide through an open architecture data repository to the public to enhance the space situational awareness (SSA) data and the space traffic management (STM) services the U.S. government currently provides;
- SSA, STM, and orbital debris mitigation best practices; and
- Perspectives on the appropriate regulatory structures the Department should adopt to drive the development and responsible use of such SSA and STM enhancements in order to protect national interests and further encourage U.S. commercial space investment.
The due date for comments has been extended from May 13 to May 23, 2019.