In August, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) published a report requested by Congress that affirmed the decision in Space Policy Directive 3 to give space traffic management responsibilities to the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce.

Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, who served on the NAPA panel that produced the report, and Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell talk with SpaceNews about the report’s conclusions and what’s next in the effort to improve civil space traffic management.

Space Traffic Management: Why Commerce, Why Now, What’s Next


Kevin O’Connell

Office of Space Commerce director, U.S. Commerce Department

Sean O’Keefe

Former NASA administrator and university professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizen and Public Affairs


Jeff Foust
SpaceNews senior staff writer