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Air Traffic Control, Without the Air

As space gets more crowded, tiny transponders could help satellites avoid crashes

In the race to commercialize space, one premise is undisputed: It’s getting crowded up there. From private enterprise to universities to the military, everyone has an eye on the sky as it comes financially within reach. Yet it’s not clear how all these new orbital gadgets will coexist, zipping around the planet as fast as 17,500 mph, navigating a minefield of debris from earlier space ventures.

Aerospace Corp., a federally funded research

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