Engineers are watching the growth of the commercial space industry from a second-floor laboratory at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center with an eye toward minimizing the impact on the routine operation of the U.S. national airspace system (NAS). The FAA in late 2014 contracted Millennium Engineering and Integration Co. to develop the Space Data Integrator (SDI) as a proof-of-concept system to automate the way it monitors space-launch-and-reentry vehicles as they transition ...

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