FAA’s Space Data Integrator Shifting To Operational Status

FAA air traffic control specialists
Air traffic control specialists at the FAA’s ATC System Command Center in Warrenton, Virginia, monitor space launch and recovery operations from the Challenger Space Operations Room.
Credit: Bill Carey/AW&ST
As it surpassed 400 licensed launches over 32 years in its role as the regulator of U.S. commercial space activity, the FAA also introduced a new capability to track rockets and reentry vehicles as they transition through the airspace. Within weeks of the May 22 suborbital flight of Virgin Galactic...

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