Industry looks to decentralized approaches to space sustainability

LONG BEACH, Calif. — As governments make slow progress on space traffic management systems, companies may be able work together more quickly to develop processes to support space sustainability.

In a panel at Space Tech Expo here May 24, industry officials said it is in the best interest of companies to collaborate on space traffic issues independent of efforts at national and international levels to develop space traffic coordination systems or rules of the road for space activities.

“If one person has a problem, it will affect everybody,” said David Barnhart, chief executive and co-founder of Ariksys, a company developing space servicing systems. “There has to be some realization that there is a co-alignment of incentives and desires, even by commercial companies that want to compete with each other.”

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