NASA, SpaceX to Enhance Data Sharing to Avoid Collisions in Space Written 19 March 2021


Artist's impression of NASA's DART spacecraft approaching MUBLCOM while orbiting over the Pacific | Credit: NASA; Wikipedia; Public Domain

Reuters reports that NASA said Thursday that the agency and SpaceX have agreed to enhance data sharing in order to avoid collisions between their spacecraft. The data sharing agreement will ensure that “both parties are fully aware of the exact location of spacecraft and debris in orbit.” SpaceX “has agreed its Starlink satellites would autonomously or manually maneuver to ensure NASA satellites can operate uninterrupted, the space agency said.” Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said, “With commercial companies launching more and more satellites, it’s critical we increase communications, exchange data, and establish best practices to ensure we all maintain a safe space environment.”
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