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Editors: Elias Wikborg
Book Description:
The successful launches of SpaceShipOne raised the possibility of an emerging U.S. commercial space tourism industry that would make human space travel available to the public. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has responsibility for safety and industry promotion, licenses operations of commercial space launches and launch sites. To allow the industry to grow, Congress prohibited FAA from regulating crew and passenger safety before 2012, except in response to high-risk events. This book evaluates FAA's safety oversight of commercial space launches, response to emerging issues, and challenges in regulating and promoting space tourism and responding to competitive issues affecting the industry. This book also highlights the federal role in commercial space launches and the government's response to emerging industry trends, both domestically and internationally.This book consists of public documents which have been located, gathered, combined, reformatted, and enhanced with a subject index, selectively edited and bound to provide easy access.

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Table of Contents:
Preface

Results in Brief;pp. 1-4
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Background;pp. 5-13
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FAA Has Met Its Safety Performance Goal While Using a System Safety Process and Management Controls;pp.15-18
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FAA Has Developed Regulations and Training to Respond to Emerging Issues;pp. 19-22
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FAA Faces Challenges in Fulfilling Its Responsibilities for Regulating the Emerging Space Tourism Sector;pp. 23-33
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To Help Address Key Competitive Issues Facing the Industry, the U.S. Government Has Played an Important Role;pp.35-42
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Conclusions;pp. 43-44
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Matter for Congressional Consideration;pp. 45
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Recommendations for Executive Action;pp. 47-48
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Agency Comments and Our Evaluation;pp. 49-50
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Appendix I Objective, Scope, and Methodology;pp. 51-57
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Appendix II Economic Impact of the Commercial Space Industry;pp. 59-61
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Appendix III FAA’s Launch and Reentry Licensing Process;pp. 63-65
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Appendix IV Timeline and List of FAA Commercial Space Launch Rulemaking and Guidance;pp. 67-69
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Appendix V Comments from the Department of Commerce;pp. 71-74
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Appendix VI Comments from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;pp. 75-76
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Index

   Series:
      Space Science, Exploration and Policies
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2010 1st Quarter
   Pages: 6 x 9
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-353-0
   Status: AV
  
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