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The new rocket launch licensing program proposed by the United States may hinder the development of the commercial space industry

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2019/8/21 14:10:51     readed:234


It is understood that if a company wants to launch a rocket, it needs to obtain a series of license files, including licenses from the FAA. Although the FAA has no say in what a company wants to launch, it believes that the launch of a rocket is safe for the public and property that is not involved. Currently, aerospace companies need a series of certifications to get a license. However, in February last year, the National Space Commission under Trump's management, after listening to the opinions from the commercial space industry, proposed to make the whole process easier and more effective.


This is because the private space sector is experiencing spurt growth. Ten years ago, the FAA approved only a few non-governmental launches each year. However, by 2019, the agency is expected to issue 31 rocket licenses for space vehicles that travel to space and return from space. According to Wayne Monteith, FAA's deputy director of commercial space transportation, the agency estimates that the workload has increased by 1000%. Monteith said its institutions are struggling to keep up with this growth.

In order to meet the government's goal of simplifying paperwork, the FAA proposed a new method of launching licenses. Since April 15, the FAA has begun to seek public and commercial space industry views on the proposed reforms. In response, members of the Commercial Space Alliance (CSF) believe that the new licensing rules will actually increase the number of regulatory requirements that companies must comply with to enter space. The CSF representative pointed out that such a situation is ironic because its organization is the first to propose changes in the field.


The CSF, which represents the interests of new players in the space sector such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, Virgin Orbit, and Relativity, believes that the new regulations will place a heavier burden on these younger companies because of the frequency of their commercial missions. Higher.

But now is not the proposed version is the final version, CSF Chairman Eric Stallmer said that his attitude towards the new rules is the same as before, that is, the draft may still change in the coming year.

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