U.S. no longer the only traffic cop in space

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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:11 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.

Part of the U.S. Strategic Command's job is to keep spacecraft from crashing into the tens of thousands of bits of space junk floating around the Earth. Now it's getting some help from other countries.

StratCom's commander, Gen. Robert Kehler, signed “space situational awareness” agreements this spring with U.S. allies Japan and Australia. The pacts will make it easier and faster for StratCom to swap information to help satellites and spacecraft avoid the orbiting detritus from 56 years of space travel. StratCom leaders hope more nations will follow suit.

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