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International Update International Astronautical Federation, Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee . Presentation to COMSTAC RLV Working Group John Sloan, Megan Mitchell Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) October 6, 2010 . IAF and IAC.
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Presentation to COMSTAC RLV Working Group
John Sloan, Megan Mitchell
Federal Aviation Administration
Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST)
October 6, 2010
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
International non-governmental and non-profit organization founded in 1951.
Encourages the advancement of knowledge about space and the development and application of space assets for the benefit of humanity.
200 members from 153 countries and 23 Technical Committees
The International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Annual conference sponsored by IAF, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and International Institute of Space Law (IISL).
Around 3,000 people attended the 2010 Congress
FAA/AST formed the Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee in 2008.
The purpose of the committee is to identify and discuss issues on safety and regulations related to international commercial space transportation
Goal is to exchange information between international participants and discuss safety and regulatory policy issues related to commercial robit and human spaceflight.
Not to create regulations or standards
Chair – FAA/AST
Co-Chairs are Spaceport Sweden and Virgin Galactic
There are approximately 50 members on the committee
First committee meeting at IAC in Daejeon, South Korea – October 2009
Second meeting at annual IAF planning meeting in Paris, France – March 2010
Third meeting at IAC in Prague, Czech Republic – October 2010
23 attendees from 18 different organizations (commercial, government, academia)
Each member provided a three minute summary of top issues facing their organization or the commercial spaceflight community.
Initial themes for future papers and workshops:
Which air or space regulations apply and who applies them
Space and air traffic management
Reentry issues and point to point travel.
Add medical issues related to safety if no conflict with other committees.
The committee agreed not to tackle environmental and technology export issues (such as ITAR).
Explore development of two workshops on legal issues
To be held in 2011 outside of the IAC
Identify and understand potential international legal issues for commercial spaceports and vehicle operators
To increase attendence, the committee plans one workshop in North America and one in Europe
Leading potential candidates are:
February 9-10, 2011 FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington, DC
May 28-30, 2011 2nd International IAA Symposium on Private Human Access to Space in Arcachon, France
Naples 2012 IAC
Committee agreed to develop a joint session with the International Institute of Space Law (IISL)
Joint Panel session with Space Transportation Solutions and Innovations Committee
Approximately 70 people in attendance
Co-Chair – Doug Stanley, Georgia Institute of Technology
Co-Chair – John Sloan, FAA/AST
Papers presented by Orbital Sciences, Rocketplane Global, FAA, Spaceport Sweden, EADS, UK Space Agency, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
One-hour interactive panel session with paper presenters
Questions regarding certification versus licensing regime, point to point travel, human spaceflight safety, spaceports, legal and insurance issues.
The IAF awarded the Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee its own session for 2011
Session D6.1 Commercial Spaceflight Safety Issues
Discuss emerging issues in:
Commercial spaceflight safety
Spaceports and orbital and suborbital space transportation
Regulations, policy, interoperability, case studies, lessons learned
Other safety issues for commercially operated space transportation
Joint session with the Space Transportation Solutions and Innovations Committee (same as 2010 joint panel)
Private Human Access to Space; Suborbital and Orbital Missions (Session D2.9)
The deadline for abstracts is March 2, 2011
For more information see
International Cooperation section:
…and promote U.S. commercial space regulations and encourage interoperability with these regulations.
Commercial Space Guidelines section: Definition
The term “commercial,” for the purpose of this policy, refers to space goods, services, or activities provided by private sector enterprises that bear a reasonable portion of the investment risk and responsibility for the activity, operate in accordance with typical market-based incentives for controlling cost and optimizing return on investment, and have the legal capacity to offer these goods or services to existing or potential nongovernmental customers.
FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST)
Room 325, 800 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20591
Program Lead for International Outreach
International Program Specialist
Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee