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Report to COMSTAC of the Space Transportation Operations Working Group. Action Item Review & Closure. Survey Results of Economic Impact of Orbital Debris Standard Compliance 3 responses, will be submitted to FAA/AST Tabled until next STOWG Telecon (due to full agenda!)
Tabled until next STOWG Telecon (due to full agenda!)
This was approved by EU Ministers on September 27, 2010, with a tasking to Baroness Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to engage with other nations “with the aim of establishing a text that is acceptable to the greatest number of countries.”
Industry input into both activities is necessary, as there are many open issues that can affect commercial space transportation activities.
It is important for FAA/AST to voice effects on industry from the perspective of regulations, best practices, standards, orbital debris, proximity operations and incident investigation. COMSTAC should be the mechanism to solicit this input.
Both activities need a broader global dialogue, with government and industry, before any “acceptance,” with a goal of a predictable and transparent framework for discussion and any resulting agreements.
DoD has submitted an FY12 Legislative Proposal to the Hill in an effort to change existing “U.S.C. Title 10 Armed Forces” language to provide better support of the commercial launch industry on federal ranges by removing some legislation impediments to working with the commercial industry. The legislation is intended to enable the U.S. commercial space industry to partner with the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation to enhance national security, improve assured access to space, and reduce cost of U.S. launch.
COMSTAC observes that the effort by DoD to expand excess capacity to include industry funding for enhanced capability at the range is useful and the FAA/AST should help consolidate industry comment on the utility of this proposal.
Given DoD’s timeline of engaging industry over the summer, STOWG should be utilized as a forum to gather input, such as during its regular telecons.
It would be useful for this topic to be formally briefed to the full COMSTAC meeting in October as the DOD proposal will have matured by that time.
Debra Facktor Lepore, Chair
President, DFL Space LLC
Industry Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
Sue Lender, FAA/AST