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The Need for a Global Space-Traffic-Control Service: An Opportunity for US Leadership

  title={The Need for a Global Space-Traffic-Control Service: An Opportunity for US Leadership},
  author={Matthew C. Smitham},
Abstract : Losing a satellite to an accidental on-orbit collision is no longer hypothetical, but real and increasingly likely. As a result, the need for a global space-traffic-control service must be addressed by the space-faring nations of the world, especially the United States. The fiscal and national security ramifications are too significant to ignore. The replacement cost of a satellite, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars, is the most obvious impact. But, this may be the most trivial… 
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