U.S. set to unveil streamlined commercial space regulations Thursday

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The United States Federal Aviation Administration will unveil the final regulations for the launch of commercial space and re-entry licensing requirements on Thursday, a senior official told Reuters.

The regulation, which was first proposed in March 2019, consolidates four separate regulations and will apply a single set of licensing and safety rules to all vehicle operations. Wayne Monteith, the FAA’s associate administrator for commercial space transportation, told Reuters on Wednesday that one of the aims of the regulations was to be “performance-based, not prescriptive.”

A company will be able to obtain a ‘five-year license to cover multiple launches from several sitesMonteith added. The new FAA rules will align it with the Defense Department’s orbital collision avoidance requirements to avoid other satellites or rocket bodies. Previous FAA rules only required avoidance with human-sized vehicles.

Monteith said the new rules “will unlock the industry’s ability to innovate” and allow US regulators to manage the expected surge in commercial launches. US companies like SpaceX and Elon Musk’s Amazon.com plan to launch thousands of satellites into orbit in the coming years.

In July, Amazon announced it would invest more than $ 10 billion to build a network of 3,236 satellites to provide high-speed, high-speed internet. SpaceX is building an array of around 12,000 satellites for its Starlink constellation in low Earth orbit. The rule will go into effect in approximately 90 days. The FAA is planning workshops November 4-6 to explain how the industry will be affected by the new requirements.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao noted in 2019, when the rules were first proposed, that it had been 12 years since the launchers rules were updated. She said the regulations “streamline the licensing process, allow for flexible timelines, (and) redefine when launch begins.”

News Highlights:

  • Wayne Monteith, the FAA’s associate administrator for commercial space transportation, told Reuters on Wednesday that one of the aims of the regulations was to be “performance-based, not prescriptive.” A company will be able to obtain a “five-year license to cover several launches from several sitesMonteith added.
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