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NASA/FAA Agreement May Strengthen NASA Influence on Spaceflight Safety

20 Jun 2012, 03:02 UTC
NASA/FAA Agreement May Strengthen NASA Influence on Spaceflight Safety
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On June 18, NASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced an agreement to align commercial spaceflight requirements between the two agencies and to clarify which agency governs under what circumstances. The announcement follows from a memorandum of understanding signed by the agencies on June 4 that lays our rough working guidelines for the [...]

In 1998, NASA and the FAA formed the “technology partnership of the millenium” (Credits: NASA).
On June 18, NASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced an agreement to align commercial spaceflight requirements between the two agencies and to clarify which agency governs under what circumstances. The announcement follows from a memorandum of understanding signed by the agencies on June 4 that lays our rough working guidelines for the collaboration.
The industry tradegroup Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauded the move. “With proper implementation, the agreement announced on Monday will prevent over-regulation and conflicting requirements and regulations that would result in costly delays for the growing American commercial spaceflight industry,” said Federation president Michael Lopez-Algria in a statement. Collaboration between the two agencies has been close since a 1998 agreement that formed the FAA/NASA Executive Committee to partner on aviation safety, airspace system, efficiency, and ...

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