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About the Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation

By Federal Aviation Administration

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Book Id: WPLBN0000696686
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 2.29 MB
Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: About the Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation  
Author: Federal Aviation Administration
Volume:
Language: English
Subject: Aviation, Federal Aviation Administration Command Center (U.S.), Mechanical engineering.
Collections: Space and Aviation eDocuments Collection
Historic
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Publisher: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Excerpt
Excerpt: The Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) licenses and regulates U.S. commercial space launch activity as authorized by Executive Order 12465 and Commercial Space Launch Activities, Title 49 of the United States Code, Subtitle IX, Chapter 701 (formerly the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984). FAA/AST?s mission is to regulate the U.S.

Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION.........................................................................................................................................................................1 THE PUBLICATION ..................................................................................................................................................................1 RLV INDUSTRY BACKGROUND..............................................................................................................................................1 RLV INDUSTRY OUTLOOK .....................................................................................................................................................2 2000 DEVELOPMENTS..............................................................................................................................................................4 UNITED STATES COMMERCIAL PROGRAMS ...................................................................................................................6 SECOND GENERATION REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE ? KELLY SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY ......................................6 K-1 ? KISTLER AEROSPACE CORPORATION.......................................................................................................................7 PATHFINDER ? PIONEER ROCKETPLANE............................................................................................................................9 ROTON ? ROTARY ROCKET COMPANY............................................................................................................................. 10 SA-1 ? SPACE ACCESS?, LLC............................................................................................................................................ 11 SPACE CRUISER SYSTEM ? VELA TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ................................................................................. 13 VENTURESTAR? ? LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION .............................................................................................. 14 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS .................................................................................................................15 SPACE SHUTTLE.................................................................................................................................................................... 15 X-33.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 16 X-34.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 17 SECOND GENERATION RLV................................................................................................................................................. 18 X PRIZE? COMPETITORS ......................................................................................................................................................21 THE X PRIZE? ........................................................................................................................................................................ 21 SPACEPORTS............................................................................................................................................................................24 COMMERCIALLY-LICENSED SPACEPORTS........................................................................................................................ 25 U.S. FEDERAL SPACEPORTS................................................................................................................................................ 29 PROPOSED SPACEPORTS....................................................................................................................................................... 34 ACRONYMS ...............................................................................................................................................................................39 ENDNOTES .................................................................................................................................................................................40

 

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