Federal Aviation Administration Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Public Meeting National Housing Center 1201 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 Thursday, October 7, 2010 8:00 am â€“ 4:00 pm
The proposed agenda for this meeting will feature discussions on:
Orbital debris and related issues;
The issues the working groups propose to address; and
The role of commercial space as part of the United Statesâ€™ Space Policy.
Wyle is part of an academic-industry team that has been selected to support a new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation.
The center is a partnership of academia, industry, and government, developed for the purpose of creating a world-class consortium that will address current and future challenges for commercial space transportation.
The Florida State University will play a key role in a world-class consortium assembled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that joins academia, industry and government to address the present and future challenges of commercial space transportation.
The FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee has released preliminary agendas for two-days of meetings in Washington. COMSTAC’s Working Group will meet on May 18, with a public meeting the following day.
Organizations hoping to land the FAA’s new Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (CST) face a Friday deadline for proposal submissions.
The CST is designed as a central hub that will link universities, government agencies and private companies to conduct joint research and development in commercial space technologies. The FAA plans to award contracts for the center this year.
A public meeting will be held on February 25, 2010 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia to discuss the FAA COE for Commercial Space Transportation. This meeting is being held as a follow-on meeting for all interested parties unable to attend the public meeting held on February 9th due to weather conditions.
Kristen Piotrowski FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405 Telephone: (609) 485-5163
FAA Administrator Bruce Babbitt Prepared Remarks 13th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference
Good morning, and thank you, George [Nield].
Sometimes, itâ€™s kind of fun to look way back to those old news reels of the early pilots willing to take a chance on the first steps in aviation. They were the ones who blazed the trail that we still follow today. The commercial space arena has a bit of a different twist:Â First of all, the grainy news reels are in Hi Def. And the trail thatâ€™s being blazed has fresh tracks on it. For commercial space, if you want to see the â€œearlyâ€ trailblazers, look around this room right now. You are taking ideas and concepts that are still getting their sea legs and youâ€™re creating an industry that by all accounts has a tremendous future in store.
WSJ: NTSB Seeks Authority To Probe Commercial Space Accidents Wall Street Journal
The National Transportation Safety Board, which currently probes plane, train, ship and highway crashes, wants to expand its purview to cover the final frontier: investigating commercial spacecraft mishaps and accidents.
The 13th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference will be held on Wednesdayâ€“Thursday, 10â€“11 February 2010, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
Conference panel sessions, designed to amplify the conference theme of “Igniting the Space Economy,” have been categorized into three tracks: Commercial Space Technologies, Commercial Space Business, and Commercial Space Regulatory Concerns.
COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT FEDERATION PRESS RELEASE December 22, 2009
NASAâ€™s Centennial Challenges prize program, FAAâ€™s Spaceports Infrastructure Grants initiative, and the new NASA Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research program (CRuSR) gained momentum after receiving funding in the NASA and FAA appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2010, passed by Congress and signed by the President last week. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation conducted advocacy efforts for these NASA and FAA programs as part of the CSFâ€™s legislative agenda for this year: (more…)
The Federal Aviation Administration faces a number of key challenges in overseeing the growing commercial space launch industry, according to a Government Accountability report released last week.
These include maintaining a sufficient number of staff with the necessary expertise to oversee the safety of launches and spaceport operations; determining whether FAAâ€™s current safety regulations are appropriate for all types of commercial space vehicles, operations, and launch sites; developing information to help FAA decide when to regulate crew and passenger safety after 2012; and continuing to avoid conflicts between FAAâ€™s regulatory and promotional roles.
The Space Shuttleâ€™s fast-approaching retirement is opening up new opportunities for commercial space transportation, and Embry-Riddle is making strides to support the industryâ€™s growth under a new collaboration with the FAAâ€™s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. A new agreement with the agency identifies five space transportation topics that can be supported by Embry-Riddle faculty and student researchers:
FAA streamlines experimental space flight access InfoWorld
The Federal Aviation Administration today said it would streamline the environmental review part of permit applications for the launch and/or reentry of reusable suborbital rockets to help bolster a fledgling commercial space market.
The following is an essay from the FAA’s website. It discusses the agency’s effort to both promote and regulate the emerging commercial space industry.
â€œLeaving Earthâ€ is a five-part series that examines the role FAAâ€™s Office of Commercial Space Transportation plays in the fast-growing and exciting field of commercial space. Its mission, similar to what FAAâ€™s mission was up until 1996 when it promoted the airline industry, is to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation. Each part of this series will discuss important factors that will shape the future of the commercial space industry.
[Editor’s Note: The FAA got out of the business of promoting the airline industry after ValuJet flight 592 caught on fire and slammed into the Everglades, killing all 110 people on board. The subsequent investigation revealed lax safety standards at ValuJet, weak safety oversight by the FAA, and a tendency to put industry concerns above passenger safety. Read more here.]
Space Florida’s ongoing work with the FAA includes a request that the FAA issue a consolidated, multi-site license to Space Florida that encompasses both SLC-36 and SLC-46. This first-ever consolidated license request by Space Florida is an innovative, streamlined approach for the Commercial Launch Zone (CLZ) since having a consolidated license will reduce duplicative efforts and facilitate future FAA licensing by Space Florida’s CLZ launch customers.