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

TraCSS Listening Session: Space Data Standards and Formats – Orbit Comprehensive Message (OCM)

On Thursday, May 9, the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commerce held a TraCSS listening session on “Space Data Standards & Formats: Orbit Comprehensive Message”. 

The presentation covered a proposal for the Traffic Coordination System for Space to use the Orbit Comprehensive Message (OCM) data standard for satellite ephemeris, maneuver data, and other related information to support spaceflight safety and space traffic coordination.

Written feedback may be provided to the Office of Space Commerce through the TraCSS email address: tracss.commerce@noaa.gov. Feedback is requested no later than 5:00 pm (ET) Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Handouts associated with this session:

Session speakers:

  • Dr. Dianne Poster, Senior Policy Advisor, NOAA Office of Space Commerce (NIST Detailee)
  • Christine Joseph, Policy Advisor, NOAA Office of Space Commerce

The Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS) listening sessions, hosted by the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commerce, are open meetings to provide the public and civil/commercial space situational awareness (SSA) community with the most up-to-date information about TraCSS. These sessions are likewise an opportunity for stakeholders to offer and provide feedback to the Office of Space Commerce.

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INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT

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

March 27, 2024
Listening Session on Space Data Standards and Formats
On April 3, OSC held a TraCSS listening session on “space data standards and formats – conjunction data messages”
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March 18, 2024
NOAA Selects TraCSS System Integrator
NOAA announces the award of a $15.5 million contract to Parsons Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia, for system integration and cloud management services for TraCSS.
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March 13, 2024
OSC Publishes Call For Demonstrations of TraCSS Presentation Layer
NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce has published a call to observe demonstrations of existing commercial capabilities that align with requirements for displaying and accessing SSA data and services foreseen for TraCSS. Instructions and guidance for scheduling a demonstration are provided in the notice on SAM.gov, available here.
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March 5, 2024
OSC Places Orders for SSA Data Quality Monitoring Pathfinder

Through its partnership with NASA, OSC has placed new orders for space situational awareness services with two U.S. commercial companies. The service orders will support OSC’s Consolidated Pathfinder project that will inform the development of its operational Traffic Coordination System for Space.
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TraCSS RESOURCES

April 10, 2024
(Recording) Listening Session on Space Data Standards and Formats – Conjunction Data Messages

OSC held its fifth video presentation and listening session, covering the recommended conjunction data messages (CDM) fields in the CDM product that the Department of Commerce (DOC) Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS) plans to deliver for on-orbit conjunction assessment. READ MORE >>

February 20, 2024
(Recording) 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. READ MORE >>

December 19, 2023
(Recording) 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 >>

July 28, 2023
(Recording) 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 >>

April 12, 2023
(Recording) Webinar on TraCSS Basic Services
On Wednesday, April 12, the Office of Space Commerce hosted a live video presentation about the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS) being developing for civil and commercial space situational awareness. Among other things, OSC shared its findings from the 45 public comments received in response to its Basic SSA Services RFI of January 26, 2023. READ MORE >>

February 24, 2023
(Documents) Public Comments on Basic SSA Services RFI
This page hosts the public comments received by the Office of Space Commerce in response to our Request for Information issued January 26, 2023. The comment period closed February 27, 2023. READ MORE >>



TraCSS NEWS

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. READ MORE >>

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 >>

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 >>

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CONTACT

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