Managing traffic in space is difficult and dangerous. Here’s how we could make it better

New York (CNN Business)The emails all start the same way: “The United States 18th Space Control Squadron has identified a close approach between” your satellite and another. The messages also note the projected odds of a collision, anywhere from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 1,000. “It’s like all of us are driving on a highway in a dense fog,” said Moriba Jah, an astrodynamicist at the University of Texas at Austin. “And I have no idea if I’m about to hit something in front of me, and so maybe I decide to change lanes, but do I know what’s beside me?” There’s growing urgency to improve traffic management. As space travel gets cheaper, the number of satellites in orbit …