Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS)

NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce (OSC) is developing the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS) to provide basic space situational awareness (SSA) data and services to civil and private space operators and to support spaceflight safety, space sustainability, and international coordination.

TracSS will be implemented in a phased “crawl, walk, run” development approach. With each phase, more commercial data and commercial SSA services will be integrated as core capabilities over time. This phased transition, coordinated across the U.S. Government, will help ensure there is no disruption in basic SSA safety services.

TraCSS will feature 3 distinct components:

  • TraCSS-OASIS: Data repository
  • TraCSS-SKYLINE: SSA application services
  • TraCSS-HORIZON: modeling, simulation, & research environment and development & test environment

SPOTLIGHT

OSC Announces Opportunity to Provide Commercial SSA Data Quality Monitoring Services

TraCSS logo in space above Earth with stylized orbits circling it

The Office of Space Commerce (OSC) announces an opportunity for commercial space situational awareness (SSA) companies to participate in OSC’s Consolidated Pathfinder project. Through its partnership with NASA, OSC is preparing to place a new order in the Global Data Marketplace to purchase SSA data quality monitoring services. Vendors will have until February 27 at 7:00 p.m. EST to provide proposals in response to OSC’s published requirements for the order.

To view the order requirements and submit a responding proposal, interested parties must be registered vendors in the Global Data Marketplace (globaldatamarketplace.com), an online transaction system established by the Department of Defense in partnership with BlueStaq. 

OSC plans to purchase SSA data quality monitoring services to assess the accuracy, consistency, and quality of orbital products provided by the other Consolidated Pathfinder partners – namely, COMSPOC, LeoLabs, and Slingshot Aerospace. Those three companies were previously announced as part of the Consolidated Pathfinder project in January 2024.

OSC advises that any company selected to provide data quality monitoring services for the Consolidated Pathfinder will become disqualified from competing for future orders/contracts for providing certain SSA data and services to OSC. Companies executing the data quality monitoring service will act as an independent evaluator and will have access to competition-sensitive, proprietary insights about the participating commercial data providers. The restriction on future orders/contracts will ensure that the selected service provider does not use its privileged position to gain unfair advantage.

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INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT

Questions or comments about TraCSS can be shared at: tracss.commerce@noaa.gov

February 22, 2024
OSC Announces Opportunity to Provide Commercial SSA Data Quality Monitoring Services

Through its partnership with NASA, OSC is preparing to place a new order in the Global Data Marketplace to purchase SSA data quality monitoring services. Vendors will have until February 27 at 7:00 p.m. EST to provide proposals in response to OSC’s published requirements for the order.
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February 20, 2024
Listening Session on DoD-DOC Space Traffic Coordination Ops Transition

OSC held its fourth video presentation and listening session, with a specific focus on the operational transition of certain space situational awareness and space traffic coordination responsibilities from the Department of Defense to the Department of Commerce.
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January 19, 2024
Office of Space Commerce Initiates TraCSS Pathfinder Project
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OSC announced the start of a commercial pathfinder project in support of TraCSS. To execute the pathfinder, OSC placed orders with three U.S. commercial space companies for SSA data and services. READ MORE >>

December 19, 2023
Video Update on TraCSS Data Standards and Formats
OSC held its third video presentation and listening session, providing updates on progress of the TraCSS with a specific focus on space data standards and data formats the system will use and generate. READ MORE >>

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TraCSS NEWS

JANUARY 25, 2024
Independent Experts Review TraCSS Program
On January 24, NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce convened its newly established Independent Review Board (IRB) to brief the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS) program and receive advice and feedback from the members. READ MORE >>

DECEMBER 13, 2023
Senate Testimony on Mission Authorization and SSA
On December 13, OSC Director Richard DalBello testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, at a hearing on “Government Promotion of Safety and Innovation in the New Space Economy.” Below is his opening statement as prepared for delivery. READ MORE >>

OCTOBER 16, 2023 
OSC Solicitation on TraCSS Presentation Layer
Today, the Office of Space Commerce (OSC) published a request for information (RFI) soliciting input from vendors seeking to develop or provide the user interface and front end for the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS). READ MORE >>

July 28, 2023
Video Update on TraCSS
On Friday, July 28, the Office of Space Commerce released its second video presentation updating the progress of the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS), the Commerce Department’s space situational awareness (SSA) and space traffic coordination (STC) capability. READ MORE >>

JULY 21, 2023
TraCSS Workshop for Commercial SSA Providers
On Wednesday, July 19, the Office of Space Commerce hosted an in-person workshop for commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data/products and service providers to discuss the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS). READ MORE >>

JULY 7, 2023
TraCSS Workshop for Satellite Owner/Operators

On July 12, the Office of Space Commerce hosted a virtual workshop for satellite owner/operators to discuss the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS). READ MORE >>

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CONTACT

Questions or comments about TraCSS can be shared at: tracss.commerce@noaa.gov