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November 30, 2011

Federal Aviation Administration Addresses Commercial Space Flight

Although NASA may have launched its last shuttle for awhile, that does not necessarily mean that America will stop sending people into space, thanks to commercial space shuttles. Although the industry is still in its infancy, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to develop rules and regulations to keep space travel safe for normal civilians. The article is an interview with the associate administrator of the FAA, George Nield, who answers some common questions on commercial space flights.

Nield acknowledges that space flight comes with some inherent risks, but asserts that any commercial programs would be anything but dangerous. He sees the spacecraft industry developing much like aviation, where the program will eventually win over the trust of the people, even to the point where there are multiple companies making spacecraft for recreational use. Neild goes on to state that while the FAA's safety standards will differ from NASA's, they will use the latter's as a guide as they develop their own. The entire interview can be read in the link below.

How to Keep Commercial Spaceflight Safe: Q&A With FAA's George Nield
by Clara Moskowitz
http://www.space.com/13776-commercial-space-safety-faa-nield-interview.html

Posted by mgilbs at November 30, 2011 03:38 PM

Comments

This is a very interesting article. I hope one day either I can be successful enough to afford a commercial space flight or they will be affordable.

Posted by: halljo at November 30, 2011 04:23 PM

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