Author Topic: FAA will not regulate the commercial spaceflight industry until October 1st 2015  (Read 8562 times)

Offline A_M_Swallow

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Can anything be overregulated?

Easily.  In plenty of countries the purpose of regulations is to extort bribes.

Rules that affect airlines are that the national carrier shall transport El Presidenties mistress first class for free and it shall employ lots of his brother-in-law's family.
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Online yg1968

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On the issue of FAA regulation of commercial crew past 2015, here is what the Commercial Crew Office had to say:

[Question] 50. Optional Period Goals: FAA certification could pose a schedule risk. The FAA is currently under a moratorium regarding regulation of orbital spaceflight, which extends through October 1, 2015. If the moratorium expires before the final crewed demonstration flight is completed, the FAA could impose regulations that would negatively impact the demonstration schedule. It is difficult to assess the potential impact, since it is possible that new regulations that are not known at this time could be created.

Will the final optional period goal (a crewed orbital demonstration flight) require additional Federal Aviation Administration certification should the moratorium expire prior to the flight, or will it only have to meet the industry certification proposed for CCiCap?
Answer: Participants will be required to comply with any FAA regulations applicable at the time a crewed orbital flight demonstration is to take place. As a general matter, the FAA does not certify spacecraft; it licenses spacecraft operations. Current FAA licensing applies to the launch and reentry phases of flight, but does not address on-orbit operations as it is outside the current FAA statutory authority. The moratorium (51 USC Sec. 50905 (c) (3)) applies to the development of future human spaceflight regulations, but not with specific regard to the orbital phase of the mission. The FAA is working very closely with NASA and the Commercial Crew Program towards an inter-agency partnership for commercial human spaceflight. The primary objective of the partnership is to ensure consistency of NASA requirements and FAA regulations to preclude unnecessary overlap, duplication, or areas of conflict whereby promoting consistency for the industry at large.
« Last Edit: 04/06/2012 01:41 PM by yg1968 »