President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 3 on Traffic Management

Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)

WASHINGTON, DC (White House PR) — FURTHER SPACE DEVELOPMENT: President Donald J. Trump signed Space Policy Directive – 3 directing the United States to lead the management of traffic and mitigate the effects of debris in space.

  • Space Policy Directive – 3 provides guidelines and direction to ensure that the United States is a leader in providing a safe and secure environment as commercial and civil space traffic increases.
    • As space becomes increasingly contested, the demand for the Department of Defense to focus on protecting U.S. space assets and interests also increases.
    • At the same time, the rapid commercialization of space requires a traffic management framework that protects U.S. interests and considers the private sector’s needs.
  • The new Directive seeks to reduce the growing threat of orbital debris to the common interest of all nations.
    • The Directive articulates the policy of the United States to pursue and utilize both Government and commercial sector technologies to track and monitor space debris.
    • The Directive requires updates to the U.S. Orbital Debris Mitigation Standard Practices and new guidelines for satellite design and operation.
  • The new Directive sets guidelines for the United States to manage space traffic more effectively by spearheading new data sharing initiatives.
    • The United States should continue to provide basic space situational awareness data and basic space traffic management services free of direct user fees.
    • The Department of Commerce will make space safety data and services available to the public, while the Department of Defense maintains the authoritative catalogue of space objects.
  • The United States will maintain and expand its leadership in space by increasing its capabilities and developing standards and best practices. This effort will:
    • Improve space situational awareness data standards and information sharing;
    • Leverage U.S. standards and best practices to shape international norms; and
    • Streamline processes and reduce regulatory burdens that inhibit commercial growth, enabling the U.S. commercial sector to lead the world in space.

A RENEWED VIGOR FOR SPACE: The new Space Policy Directive builds on the President’s efforts to reinstate the United States leadership role in space.

  • On May 24, 2018, the President signed Space Policy Directive – 2 to reform United States commercial space regulatory framework, seeking to ensure our place as a leader in space commerce.
  • On March 23, 2018, President Trump unveiled a National Space Strategy that laid out an approach to ensuring that the United States is strong and competitive in the space environment.
  • On December 11, 2017, the President signed Space Policy Directive – 1, instructing NASA to return United States astronauts to the Moon, followed by human missions to Mars.
  • On June 30 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order reviving the National Space Council for the first time in 24 years.

  • Michael Halpern

    As usual, putting extra flare on stuff that the past two administrations have worked on so Trump can sign it

  • ThomasLMatula

    There is a difference between “working” on something and doing it.

  • Michael Halpern

    True, the thing is the political climate and awareness weren’t there to make anything doable

  • ThomasLMatula

    The political environment now is even more hostile, but under this Administration there is both an awareness and a willingness to do it.

  • Search

    Too bad when people are so butthurt that they can’t acknowledge even minor progress by Trump. Guess they would you have preferred lip service like the prior 8 years eh.

  • Michael Halpern

    Just annoyed at his antics, as for past 8 years, which president was it that endorsed CRS and CCP?

  • Michael Halpern

    political environment in relation to space activities, as opposed to general Geopolitical issues

  • windbourne

    Last 8 years was keeping Commercial space moving forward while the GOP was working their tail off to kill it esp SpaceX.
    Now, we are about to see the SLS or the GOP’s nightmare, killed by 2022.

  • windbourne

    Im not convinced that Trump is more aware or willing than was O.
    HOWEVER, O, like CLinton, were given to trying to work with GOP, and in many ways, did not accomplish near as much as they wanted.
    Trump is accomplishing things, though to be fair, a lot of it is nightmares.

  • envy

    Not the GOP, just certain senators and representatives of both parties.

  • windbourne

    When it came to spending on SLS, yeah, it was BOTH parties (as the saying goes, what spending have dems not liked?).
    BUT, the work at trying to stop private space came from nearly 100% from the house GOP and almost NO dems.