November 20 (FAA PR) –– The Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation has added eight new members to its Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) to provide recommendations about the agency’s oversight and regulation of the commercial space transportation industry.
In addition to the new appointments, FAA has also announced that Michael N. Gold will serve as the new chairperson of COMSTAC. Gold is currently Bigelow Aerospace’s director of D.C. Operations and Business Growth.
Washington D.C. (CSF PR) – On Monday, November 19, the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced that Michael Lopez-Alegria, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation would be the vice-chair of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).
COMSTAC provides information, advice and recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration on all matters related to U.S. commercial space transportation.
FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Teleconferences
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Tuesday, October 23, 2012 1 p.m. EDT
Length: Approximately 1 hour
The purpose of these three teleconferences is to assist the FAA early in its development of regulations to protect occupants of commercial suborbital and orbital spacecraft. Although the FAA has not yet targeted a date for proposing regulations to protect the health and safety of crew and space flight participants, the FAA believes that the development of sound and appropriate regulations for human space flight can only be achieved with a deliberate, multi-year effort. Moreover, the FAA believes that early industry input into this regulatory effort before any formal proposal by the FAA is critical.
“The key to achieving our goal of facilitating a strong commercial space industry is adequate funding and good old-fashioned American competition. We are working hard to maintain both. NASA’s 2013 request for commercial crew development is $830 million. Despite a bi-partisan agreement to ensure American astronauts are traveling into space on U.S. built spacecraft as soon as possible, some want to short-change this job-creating initiative and limit competition in the commercial space arena.
“I think we all agree: competition is a basic tenet of American democracy and the very cornerstone of America’s technological excellence. Competition promotes innovation. Competition enhances our ability to identify the absolute best commercial partners. Ending competition by down-selecting to a sole commercial space company could double the cost of developing a privately built human spaceflight system and it will leave us in the same position we find ourselves today – having only one option for getting our astronauts to the space station. We are hopeful we can work to resolve these issues and keep this important initiative on track.
We are on the brink of a milestone moment in NASA space history, all part of a long-term strategy that will create well paying, high quality jobs here in America. With your help, we are making progress, and we intend to stay on track.”
— Charles Bolden Remarks to the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) May 10, 2012
EVENT: Export Control Reform Panel Discussion- Brian Nilsson, National Security Council Professional Staff Member, will provide a briefing on the Administration’s current export control reform plans and strategy. Also participating in the panel will be Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) an important voice on Capitol Hill on the topic of export control reform, and Remy Nathan, Vice President for International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association, who will provide the business perspective.
The panel discussion will begin promptly at 8:30 am on Thursday, Oct. 13th, at the National Housing Center, located at 1201 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC (near the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and 15th Street).
This panel discussion should provide attendees with invaluable insight into the latest in the ongoing export control reform effort and the likely Congressional reaction to the Obama Administration’s most recent plans. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Mike Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (240) 235-6016. The panel discussion will not be streamed or webcast.
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.
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.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration should work to get the international community to adopt its largely hands-off regulatory approach toward the developing commercial launch and space tourism markets, a key oversight group was told last month.
John Sloan of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation told the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) that it is in America’s best interest to promote the agency’s approach worldwide. In his presentation, he said it is: