The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation agreeing to share data about space launches or re-entry operations. The agencies are identifying what data needs to be exchanged between US and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) prior to, during and after a space launch or re-entry operation that is initiated in one country and traverses the airspace of another country. This data exchange should facilitate improved situational awareness, allowing US and European ANSPs to respond as necessary in the event of a vehicle failure. The agreement supports closer working relationships between the FAA’s Commercial Space Integration Lab and DLR’s Air Traffic Validation Center, located in the USA and Germany respectively, and follows the first Research and Development Cooperative Agreement signed by both agencies in 2010.
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