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Human Space Flight Study Required By Congress. Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-492). Requires DOT/FAA, in consultation with NASA, to enter into an arrangement with a nonprofit entity for a report analyzing safety issues related to launching humans into space.

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Commercial space launch amendments act of 2004 public law 108 492
Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-492)

  • Requires DOT/FAA, in consultation with NASA, to enter into an arrangement with a nonprofit entity for a report analyzing safety issues related to launching humans into space.

    • In designing the study, DOT/FAA should take into account any recommendations from COMSTAC and NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.

    • Report is to be submitted to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and House of Representatives Committee on Science by December 23, 2008.


Report shall analyze and make recommendations about
Report Shall Analyze and Make Recommendations About 108-492)―

  • Standards of safety and concepts of operation that should guide regulation of human space flight (HSF) and whether standard of safety should vary by class or type of vehicle, purpose of flight, or other considerations.

  • Effectiveness of licensing and permitting regime in ensuring safety of the public and of crew and space flight participants (SFPs).

  • Whether there is a need for commercial ground operations for commercial space flight and how they should be regulated.


Report shall analyze and make recommendations about1
Report Shall Analyze and Make Recommendations About 108-492)―

  • Whether ELVs and RLVs should be regulated differently, and whether either of those vehicles should be regulated differently when carrying humans.

  • Whether Federal Government should separate promotion of HSF from regulation of such activity.

  • How third parties could be used to evaluate qualification and acceptance of new HSF vehicles prior to their operation.


Report shall analyze and make recommendations about2
Report Shall Analyze and Make Recommendations About 108-492)―

  • How nongovernment experts could participate more fully in setting standards and developing regulations concerning HSF safety.

  • Whether Federal Government should regulate extent of foreign ownership or control of HSF companies operating or incorporated in the United States.


Status and next steps
Status and Next Steps 108-492)

  • Status:

    • FAA met with NASA in March 2007 to discuss initial planning of this study.

    • FAA issued market survey on April 2, 2007 seeking information on potential nonprofit entities with the capability to perform the study.

      • Several responses to survey were received by May 2, 2007.

  • Next Steps:

    • Consider any recommendations from COMSTAC in designing the study.

    • Prepare request for proposal.