Federal Aviation Administration. Commercial Space Transportation. Human Space Flight Occupant Safety Telecon Telecon 5 – Aborts and Abort Systems. December 18th, 2012 Henry Lampazzi. Agenda. Introduction Rules of Engagement Next Steps Last Month’s Topic Today’s Topic Wrap-up
Commercial Space Transportation
Human Space Flight
Occupant Safety Telecon
Telecon 5 – Aborts and Abort Systems.
December 18th, 2012
Today’s facilitator is Henry Lampazzi
The FAA may not propose regulations covering occupant safety until October 2015. We now plan to turn our efforts to drafting guidance and best practices. We'd like input from technical folks from industry and government to help us.
We are hosting a series of one-hour telecons, each with a narrow focus on a specific technical topic to be held about once a month. We are using our industry advisory committee, COMSTAC, to help us.
We are not soliciting any proposals for agency support on this topic at this time. This is background research.
We worked to identify and define key terms and definitions relevant to commercial human spaceflight. To facilitate this process, we solicited input from the various parties who have a vested interest in the industry and discussed potential implications that might arise from ambiguous terms.
“An escape system used on launch vehicles, primarily vertical systems, used to separate occupants from the launch rocket stage(s) in the case of an imminent catastrophic event.”
Does an abort apply to the launch/ascent phase only, or does it apply to other flight phases as well? (Example: downmode to ballistic on reentry)
*Definition of “major” TBD
Fault Tolerance, Margin, and Reliability.