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Dr. Jah Provides Recommendations for the Office of Space Commerce’s New STM Pilot Program

Jan 19, 2021 |

Dr. Moriba Jah, Director of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin, recently published an op-ed on SpaceWatch.Global. In it, he provides recommendations for the forthcoming Space Traffic Management Pilot program to be headed by the Office of Space Commerce. His recommendations pertain specifically to the Open Architecture Data Repository (OADR) of the pilot program, which he advises should enable the decision intelligence of global space community. Dr. Jah dives into the role of data engineering in enhancing global space operations, arguing that the OADR should provide three key deliverables: increased transparency of the space domain, increased predictability of the space domain, and a body of evidence that will enable continuing supervision of space actors behaviors in order to boost accountability. Dr. Jah also discusses the importance of engaging in sound data engineering practices in order to root out bias and uncertainty. He concludes by noting that while the realization of his recommendations will not be a simple task, it is not only possible to achieve but likely if the right leadership and will is present. Read the full op-ed here.