Travis Langster, vice president and general manager of Comspoc. Credit: Tom Kimmell Photography

WASHINGTON – Travis Langster, vice president and general manager of COMSPOC, will be leaving the company to join the Defense Department as principal director of DoD space policy.

COMSPOC,  previously known as the Commercial Space Operations Center, located outside of Philadelphia, tracks and analyzes orbital data and provides space traffic management services. The company announced Langster’s DoD appointment April 15 on social media.

Langster will fill a new post at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy, which oversees a larger portfolio including space, nuclear weapons, cyber, missile defense, electromagnetic warfare, and countering weapons of mass destruction. He will work within the office of John Hill, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space and missile defense.

Hill’s office is in charge of coordinating guidelines for “responsible behavior in space” issued by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in July.

Before leading COMSPOC, Langster was vice president of its parent company, Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI). He advocated for a greater collaboration between the private sector, the Commerce Department and DoD in space traffic management and data sharing.

Sandra Erwin writes about military space programs, policy, technology and the industry that supports this sector. She has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry for nearly two decades as editor of NDIA’s National Defense...