Maneuvering safely in traffic is all about situational awareness.
On the ground, there are rules of the road, with travel lanes, traffic lights and speed limits. Ships follow sea lanes to traverse the world’s expansive oceans. In the air, pilots file flight plans, showing their altitude and how they will get from one place to another with the assistance of air traffic controllers.
But what about space?
“We don’t have any sorts of rules like that in space," UA’s Moriba Jah, the world’s first space traffic controller. "We do have some guidelines that have been put out by an international organization led by space agencies. Because it’s governmental, it doesn't necessarily bring in the expertise of academics and private industry."