Within the next two decades commercial Space Traffic will develop into a global multi-billion-Euro market. This emerging market will mainly focus on Suborbital Space Travel (point-to-point connections and vertical ballistic joy rides), Suborbital Cargo Transportation and Satellite Deployment via air launch systems. With the growth of this promising market the need for a safe, efficient and globally (co)operating Space Traffic Management (STM) system will arise
A successful STM system requires the execution of all necessary managing and monitoring & control operations that are mandatory to ensure safe travel of manned and unmanned suborbital space vehicles through space and airspace. One key aspect along this path is the seamless integration of spacecraft into the global Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.
From a European perspective, the necessary legislation, regulations, concepts and requirements as well as the necessary infrastructure such as Spaceports, Spaceplanes or Monitoring & Control Centres is either missing or not ready to serve the developing STM market in the near future. On behalf of ESA, DLR GfR therefore conducted a roadmap study on the implementation of a European STM within the next two decades under consideration of an evolving ATM system and added valuable new aspects to the European STM landscape, such as:
New routing concepts and separation standards for space vehicles have to be defined. Enhanced operations and training procedures for Air and Space Traffic Control Operators have to be written and validated and a certification process for spaceports and spaceplane technologies has to be established.
The development and implementation of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) applications will help to control the anticipated increase of Air and Space Traffic densities.
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Papers for download
The results from the original STM Roadmap study were split into three papers which can be downloaded here.
Paper I (Tüllmann et al. 2017a) is a White Paper, presenting key results and our view on European STM:
Paper II (Tüllmann et al. 2017b) discusses the Safety & Reliability aspects related to STM:
Paper III (Tüllmann et al. 2017c) provides initial technical requirements for the envisaged STM system:
Acknowledgements: This work was funded by ESA through contract no. 4000117403/16/F/MOS.
The view expressed in the above papers can in no way be taken to reﬂect the opinion of ESA.
For further details and in case of inquiries, please contact Dr. Ralph Tüllmann (ralph.tuellmann“at“dlr-gfr.de).
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