Joint Orbital Traffic Control: For this to work, the Great Powers (superpower nations possessing combined launch, orbital, satellite and nuclear strike capabilities) must have confidence that there will be joint security against rogue states and actors; and joint benefit to protect our civilization against Earth-threatening debris and Asteroids.
To that end, it seems likely that Great Powers will require treaty-defined orbital traffic “master control” centres [here, called Quadrant HQs (“QHQs”)] in each of their Nations or in mutually-agreeable 3rd-party Nations. managing civilian launch-to-orbit traffic, routed by Orbital Triangulation Centres scattered around the globe].
QHQ’s will manage the operational hand-off from Civilian-National Launch to International-Orbital routes, routed by Orbital Triangulation Centres. They will have economic impact, so all centres must be located with more than technical reasons in mind. QHQs must be located in internationally-friendly cities who understand that their regions become part of a global network of centres for regional and global communications’ commerce.
Supporters will understand that the presence of orbital traffic control facilities make their communities inspirational cities for every succeeding spacefaring generation.
QHQ’s will administratively report to Global HQ, but their operational sites and communications arrays will be trained and staffed by military personnel. Here are suggestions.
By David Huer : 19 Oct 2017
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