Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Space Access Society Conference 2005 Photos


George Nield, of the FAA/AST, speaks to the Space Access Society Conference 2005 in Phoenix about the new suborbital spaceflight regulations being developed by the administration. The new regulations are being designed to promote the development of a commercial suborbital industry in the United States while at the same time protecting members of the uninvolved public from harm. The regs will do this by making the FAA a one-stop shop for launch licenses and experimental permits, by setting up a regime of informed-risk waivers for crew and passengers, and by not prescribing specifications for safety in design. Design specs will not be prescribed on the theory that the FAA should not try to regulate what it's not yet certain will work. Posted by Hello

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