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Federal Register : Vol. 70, No. 104; Wednesday, June 1, 2005; Prop...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Summary: The Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend commercial space transportation regulations by adding procedures for obtaining a safety approval. Application for a safety approval is voluntary. A safety approval is an FAA determination that a licensed launch or reentry may be conducted using a launch vehicle, reentry vehicle, safety system, process, service, or personnel approved under this part. The safety approval holder could then offer a launch vehicle,

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Special Report : Faas Third Annual Commercial Space Transportation...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: The Third Annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Space Transportation Forecast Conference took place in Arlington, Virginia at the Sheraton National Hotel. The year 2000 conference featured seven panels and several special presentations by top-level government and industry guests, including the Honorable Rodney E. Slater, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Dr. Neal Lane, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Direct...

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Commercial Space Transportation : 2003 Year in Review

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: The Commercial Space Transportation: 2003 Year in Review summarizes U.S. and international launch activities for calendar year 2003 and provides a historical look at the past five years of commercial launch activities. The Federal Aviation Administration?s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) licensed eight commercial orbital launches in 2003, all of which were successful.

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Voluntary Industry Standards and Their Relationship to Government ...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: The Office of Commercial Space Transportation (OCST), in developing its program for ensuring that commercial space operations adequately protect public safety and the environment, confronts the challenge of devising an effective means for accomplishing this objective while simultaneously nurturing a healthy and internationally competitive commercial space industry. In meeting this challenge, OCST has emphasized flexibility and the use of innovative approaches, r...

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Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center Wallops Flight Facility September...

By: Loyd C. Parker

Excerpt: At the direction of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (OCST), Research Triangle Institute (RTI) conducted a study of the Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility (GSFC/WFF) at Wallops Island, Virginia. The purpose of the study was to establish a baseline upon which OCST could assess whether or not a commercial launch proposal is safe. Since the emphasis of the study is upon launch vehicles, particularly orbital launch vehicles, many activi...

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Space Transportation Forecast Conference, February 10-11, 1998

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: The Federal Aviation Administration?s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) convened the first national commercial space transportation forecast conference on February 10-11, 1998. For the theme, Commercial Space Transportation in the 21st Century: Technology and Environment, 2001-2025, conference topics covered a variety of issues concerning the commercial space transportation industry for the next century. The conference brought tog...

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Federal Register : Vol. 65, No. 203; Thursday, October 19, 2000; R...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Summary: The Department of Transportation?s (DOT or the Department) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends its commercial space transportation licensing regulations to add licensing and safety requirements for the operation of a launch site. To date, commercial launches have occurred principally at federal launch ranges under safety procedures developed by federal launch range operators. To enable the development and use of launch sites that are not operated by a f...

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An Operational Assessment of Collaborative Decision Making in Air ...

By: Jeffrey Biros

Excerpt: This document is a collaborative effort incorporating the expertise of many organizations in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation industry. The FAA organizations included the Free Flight Phase 1 Program Office (AOZ), The Investment Analysis and Operations Research Branch (ASD), and the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC). Industry organizations included the Air Transport Association (ATA), the National Center of Excellence for Av...

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Launch Activity and Orbital Debris Mitigation

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Since the start of human space activity, the number of orbital debris, or artificial objects orbiting Earth that are no longer functional, has steadily increased. These debris make up 95 percent of all orbiting space objects and consist of spent satellites and upper stages, separation devices, bolts, paint chips, and still other spacecraft components. U.S. Space Command tracks more than 9,000 objects larger than ten centimeters wide with ground based optical and...

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Thirteen Orbital and Suborbital Faa Licensed Launches in Fy 2004

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: In FY 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) licensed nine orbital launches valued at approximately $600 million, including: -- Five launches of Atlas vehicles from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; -- Three launches conducted by the multinational Sea Launch service provider; and -- One launch of the Taurus XL. The orbital launch count is slightly higher than for the previ...

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Federal Aviation Administration's Associate Administrator for Comm...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: In 1984, the Department of Transportation (DOT) was designated as the lead agency for U.S. commercial launch activities by Executive Order of the President. Later that year, Congress enacted the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984 (CSLA), which authorized DOT to regulate U.S. commercial launch activities. Under the Executive Order and the CSLA, DOT had dual responsibilities: 1) to license and regulate all U.S. commercial launch activities to ensure that they are...

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Memorandum of Understanding between Air Force Space Command

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) explains the roles and responsibilities of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation in resolving requests from launch operators for relief from AFSPC and FAA common launch safety requirements.

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Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space O...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: The States Parties to this Convention: Recognizing the common interest of all mankind in furthering the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, Recalling the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, Taking into consideration that, notwithstanding the precautionary measures to be taken by States and international intergovernmental organizatio...

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Operational Evolution Plan Industry Day Briefing 12/09/02 (Oep Ver...

By: Charlie Keegan

Excerpt: Describe the operational evolution of the NAS as it relates to increasing capacity while maintaining safety: -- Derive a set of credible initiatives that focus the aviation community on solutions for the next 10 years -- Link these initiatives to a timetable and specific activities required of each member of the community -- A process more than a document, and is designed to -- force a disciplined dialogue on operational issues -- ensure policy and joint industr...

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Atlas Iias Successful!

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, September 18. A Lockheed Martin-built Atlas IIAS rocket successfully carried a Spanish communications satellite to orbit. Hispasat 1D will provide communications, broadcast and multimedia services in Europe, the Americas, North Africa and the Middle East for Madrid-based Hispasat S.A. The Atlas IIAS lifted off at 6:04 p.m. EDT (22:04 GMT), and released the satellite into orbit 29 minutes later. The launch was conducted by a comb...

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Special Report : U.S. Small Launch Vehicles

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: 1995 was an ambitious and difficult year for the United States small launch vehicle market. A total of five small launch vehicles were launched from the United States, two of which were successful (Atlas E and Pegasus 1) and three of which resulted in failure (Pegasus XL, LMLV, and Conestoga). A total of four payloads were successfully deployed. Note that a small launch vehicle is defined as one capable of lifting no more than 5,000 ponds to low earth orbit. See...

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Commercial Space Transportation Licensing

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: In order to conduct a commercial space launch or operate a commercial launch site in the U.S., it is necessary to obtain a license from the United States government. Under the 1972 United Nations Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects, governments are liable for injury or damage to third parties caused by launch vehicles or payloads launched under their jurisdiction.

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Commercial Space Transportation Quarterly Launch Report, 3Rd Quart...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: This report summarizes recent and scheduled worldwide commercial, civil, and military orbital space launch events. Scheduled launches listed in this report are vehicle/payload combinations that have been identified in open sources, including industry references, company manifests, periodicals, and government documents. Note that such dates are subject to change. This report highlights commercial launch activities, classifying commercial launches as one or more of the following?

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Eight Faa-Licensed Launches in Fy 2002

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: In FY 2002, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) licensed six orbital launches valued at approximately $460 million, plus two suborbital launches, including: -- Two Delta 2 launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base -- One orbital flight of the multinational Sea Launch launch service provider -- The inaugural launch of the Atlas 5 and two additional Atlas vehicle launches from Ca...

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Remarks by Patti Grace Smith Associate Administrator for Commercia...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Thank you, John (Vinter). Good morning. I?d like to welcome you all to the 41st meeting of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. I am especially pleased to welcome our 12 newest members to their debut meeting. Sometimes in the government ? I know we talked with some of you years ago ? it takes a while but we are very pleased that you are here. We are really looking forward to the energy and ideas, and bold, forward-looking leadership you bring ...

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