From the ocean to up above, NOAA is getting ready to monitor traffic in space

We start things off today on the topic of Space Traffic Management. Late last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA took a step forward in its plans to provide space traffic coordination services to commercial and civil satellite operators operating in the increasingly congested orbits around Earth. Now you may be wondering, just why is this falling under this particular agency’s purview? Well that was one of the many questions I asked Dr. Richard Dalbello, who is currently the director of NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce, along with how this project came together.