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Federal Aviation Administration. Office of Commercial Space Transportation FAA/AST. NASA Insurance Task Report Pam Underwood Technical Advisor Kennedy Space Center Operations Office May 10. 2012. Overview. MOU signed September 2011

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Federal Aviation


Office of Commercial Space Transportation


NASA Insurance Task Report

Pam Underwood

Technical Advisor

Kennedy Space Center Operations Office

May 10. 2012

  • MOU signed September 2011
  • FAA to assess the availability and affordability of commercial insurance for commercial crew program missions
  • Initial scenarios and questions developed by NASA and the FAA (December 2011)
  • COMSTAC Risk Management Working Group Mtg (Feb 2012)
  • Independent industry survey conducted in parallel (Tauri Group)
    • Commercial Launch Providers
    • Space Insurance Industry (underwriters & brokers)
  • Final draft delivered to NASA 30 April 2012
final draft findings
Final Draft Findings

Designation of “SFP” or “crew” for NASA astronauts not important to insurance or commercial launch providers

More relevant to the determination of policy terms and premiums:

Level of training

Mission responsibility (ie: part of flight safety system)

Potential impact of SFP and crew on MPL

Vehicle trajectory changes that may increase public risk (ie: aborts)

Additional scrutiny on systems and testing for “human rating” could result in higher vehicle reliability

General consensus that SFP and crew part of the FSS will “reduce risk”

Most important factor in determining insurance availability and pricing is vehicles safety or reliability record or “flight proven” history

final draft areas for possible future work
Final Draft Areas for Possible Future Work

SFP and crew not considered third party, but government personnel “involved” in the licensed activity are third party for the purposes of MPL

SFP and crew cross waiver of claims against the US Gov’t and any impact to workman’s comp coverage for NASA astronauts

Commercial launch providers and insurers recommendation to extend the CSLA liability regime to include on-orbit activities

Potential benefit to industry from a limit or cap on space flight participant liability and/or reciprocal waiver of claims between the SFP or crew and commercial launch providers


Final draft insurance task report intended to be a survey of the commercial insurance industry and their stakeholders

Provided a report of current thinking and impressions of the industry on matters relevant to availability and affordability of insurance for human spaceflight missions

Intended to be an informational resource to the FAA and NASA on future commercial human spaceflight missions