Aviation Week Viewpoint: Can Aircraft and Space Traffic Coexist?

July 25, 2016

The U.S. airspace is getting busier—and not just with more airplanes. In addition to some 70,000 aircraft traversing the National Airspace System (NAS) each day, commercial enterprises are rapidly introducing a widening variety of new space vehicles and launchers into it. Integrating the technologies associated with commercial space operations into the NAS will require the FAA to work across all areas of its existing aviation-related activities. The agency has identified several needs that are critical to its long-term vision and goal of integrating space vehicle operations into the everyday cadence of NAS operations.

Lillian Zarrelli Ryals, senior vice president and general manager of MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, discusses the way forward.

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