FAA rule could streamline commercial space launch and reentry requirements
WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week posted a proposed rule that would streamline federal commercial space transportation requirements for future launch, reentry, and launch-site providers, and maintain safety during launches and reentries.
The proposed rule follows the National Space Council’s 2018 ‘Space Policy Directive 2’, which called on the Secretary of Transportation to review and revise the Department’s commercial space launch and re-entry licensing regulations. It will expand national and international access to the economic, scientific, and educational benefits of traveling to space.
“These rules will maintain safety, simplify the licensing process, enable innovation, and reduce costs to help our country remain a leader in commercial space launches,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
The proposed rule would provide a regulatory approach to commercial space transportation, according to the FAA.
“Ingenuity and innovation have always fueled our nation’s success in space travel,” said FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell. “This proposed rule ensures that a commercial space rocket is not tethered to a launch pad with unnecessary red tape.”
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