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Kevin O’Connell: Commerce Dept Finalizing Space Data Access Agreement With Air Force

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Kevin O’Connell
Kevin O’Connell

The Department of Commerce is close to signing an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to gain access to the service’s space situational awareness data to come up with a repository of sensor data for companies, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday.

Kevin O’Connell, director of the department’s office of space commerce, said gaining access to the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Unified Data Library would help the Commerce Department set up a cloud-based open architecture data repository to help companies mitigate space debris and prevent collisions in space.

O’Connell noted that the department is working on a summary of the 42 submissions received in response to a request for information issued in late spring with regard to the data repository and plans to hold an industry day to discuss the initiative.

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