COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION: Development of the Commercial Space Launch Industry Presents Safety Oversight Challenges for FAA and Raises Issues Affecting Federal Roles

December 2009
GAO Reports;12/2/2009, preceding p1
Government Documents
The article offers information on the trends in the commercial space launch industry and the challenges faced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in overseeing the industry in the U.S. It states that FAA is developing reusable vehicles for manned flights in response to its potential in the commercial space tourism. Moreover, FAA is facing several challenges in maintaining sufficient employees to oversee the safety launches and spaceport operations.


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