According to the US Secretary of transport Elaine Chao, the new measures will ensure safety and facilitate the process of obtaining licenses.
The US Secretary of transport Elaine Chao presented on Tuesday an updated draft of rules governing the space launches of private companies, as well as security measures for the return of vehicles from orbit.
“These measures will ensure compliance with security, facilitate the process of obtaining licenses, stimulate innovation and reduce costs so that our country remains a leader in the field of commercial space launches,” she said, speaking on Tuesday at the 5th meeting of the national space Council of the United States in Huntsville (Alabama).
The project, developed by the Federal aviation administration (FAA), abolished a number of outdated restrictions, clarifies the process of obtaining licenses for the safe operation of commercial space transport systems, registration of commercial spacecraft, permits for experiments, as well as for the creation of ground infrastructure for commercial launches.
As indicated on the FAA website, the office for commercial space transport systems, which operates within the Agency, has already issued permits for 370 operations during its activities, including launches, return of vehicles to Earth and the creation of launch complexes. In particular, in 2018, the FAA gave permission for 32 launches, three spacecraft returns from orbit, as well as for the construction of two new ground launch complexes. This year, the FAA is expected to issue about 40 permits for various commercial space activities.