Presentation on theme: "RLV Working Group Presentation to the COMSTAC Michael S. Kelly 26 May 2005."— Presentation transcript:
RLV Working Group Presentation to the COMSTAC Michael S. Kelly 26 May 2005
Previous Action Items Provide AST With IR&D Topic Proposals for FY 2006 –Status: Closed Provide Consensus Comments on the Guide to Commercial RLV Operations and Maintenance –Status: Closed
Experimental Permit Guidelines Randy Repcheck, FAA/AST Experimental Permit Guidelines were issued on May 25, 2005 Guidelines to be used by applicants as interim guidance until final regulations are issued Experimental permits: –Have reduced application requirements compared to a license –Will authorize unlimited flights of reusable suborbital rockets within one or more operating areas –Require “key flight safety events” to be conducted over unpopulated or sparsely populated areas
Cooperative effort between industy/gov’t to develop process for identification of safety-critical RLV hardware Document released on 1 May - available through AIAA and AST websites Established solid model for possible future collaboration between industry and government on important issues AIAA Guide to the Identification of Safety-Critical Hardware Items for RLV Developers Craig Day, AIAA
ITAR Issues Jeff Greason, XCOR Aerospace ITAR, once the nemesis of the U.S. satellite industry, is back to undercut progress in RLV development –No longer the nemesis of the satellite industry, which it killed As with satellites, the main issue is the inability of RLV companies to deal with the primary space insurers, which are mostly European Also, the chief customer for RLVs, Sir Richard Branson, is British Time to acknowledge that ITAR has hurt national security by causing us to lose our technological edge over foreign countries Time for COMSTAC to once again weigh in on the issue in any appropriate manner possible
Guide to Commercial RLV Operations and Maintenance Chuck Larsen, FAA/AST Provided update on changes to the Preliminary Guidelines for Commercial RLV Operations and Maintenance Resulted in present document “Guide to Commercial RLV Operations and Maintenance” This Guide utilized the RLV Working Group’s consensus comments to the Preliminary Guidelines to a great extent The Guide will be used for many years while operational experience is gained before RLV O&M regulations are developed Comments to the Guide are welcomed and encouraged
RLV Crew Training School George Tyson, Orbital Commerce Project Overview OCP –Training company School based on CFR part 141 Courses to be offered – Suborbital pilot & payload specialist Advantages of using a flight school –Cost of training is reduced for RLV operators –Increase safety through consistency of training Guidelines / regulations questions –How are schools licensed? –How are training devices & processes certified?
Two Views of Space Tourism Michael S. Kelly, Chairman, RLV Working Group The “Adventure” Approach Intended to Jump Start the Industry Will it Really Do So? –Is the (High?) Risk “Adventure” Market Large Enough, at a Sufficient Price Point, to Get Things Started? –Is (High?) Risk Adventure the Way the Industry Wishes to Portray Itself? Perpetuates the “Right Stuff” Image of Space Flight, Albeit Opening it to the General Public The “Airline” Approach Intended to Start the Industry as “Safety Mature” From the Outset Is That Possible? –Is the Investment Base Sufficient to Support the Larger Up-Front Cost of Providing Safety Maturity –Is Airline-like Safety Possible for Space Flight? Is it Necessary? –Does the Public Require This Level of Safety, or are People Willing to Take Calculated Risk (as They do Every Single Day...)?
Action Items RLV Working Group to provide comments on Experimental Permit Guidelines FAA/AST to identify appropriate channels (if any) by which COMSTAC as a body can express its concerns over ITAR Chairman to remind each presenter to provide summary chart