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1 International Strategy FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation
Presented to COMSTAC John Sloan Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation October 30, 2008

2 International Strategy
Promotion of FAA commerical space transportation regulations as a model for other countries to adopt U.S. industry can operate with similar regulatory approaches worldwide U.S. leadership Eventually lead to harmonization of international space transportation safety regulations Foundation to address issues including future Point to Point travel Recognize ITAR and U.S. export policies remain

3 AST International Strategy Goals
Increase the international competitiveness of the U.S. commercial space transportation industry Advance international safety by facilitating the adoption of U.S. regulations Fulfill AST mission statement To ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation Fulfill FAA Flight Plan that applies to space transportation Establish a baseline to work from

4 2008 Activity AST strategy approval
Increased involvement with FAA International office (API) State Department approval to promote regulations Bilateral discussions in Scotland at the International Astronautical Congress United Kingdom- British National Space Centre Sweden- Swedish Space Corporation (Spaceport Sweden) and Sweden National Space Board Singapore – Economic Development Board Started a new committee with the International Astronautical Federation Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee ELVs, RLVs, robotic spacecraft Tri-chairs: FAA, Virgin Galactic, Swedish Space Corporation Membership to the committee is open to anyone Start to build relationships, identify common interests Eventually forum for papers, presentations to meet at the annual International Astronautical Congress

5 U.S. Government Views Emerging U.S. Government Positions
Too early for international safety standards on human space flight Too early for an “ICAO for Space” Recommend bring international issues into United Nations process (Committee On Peaceful Uses of Outer Space)

6 Feedback on International Support
August 2008 Question from FAA to COMSTAC: “Besides ITAR and U.S. technology export issues, how can the FAA help the U.S. space transportation industry internationally?” Summary of initial replies: Seek adoption of U.S. regulations as a model by other countries Recognize that how FAA regulates U.S. industry is influential internationally Facilitation of U.S. companies when they decide to launch in other countries including international agreements similar to aviation Advocate purchase of U.S. products and services, study incentives Competitive, Level Playing Field issues– Indemnification renewal, foreign government subsidization of launch vehicles and sites, and foreign teaming with China for Long March which undercuts US prices. Final reply from COMSTAC November 7 Prepared by RLV Working Group chair

7 Items of Interest Some European proponents want to establish global safety standards, certification and regulations before vehicles emerge Currently no pan-European authority to regulate commercial space transportation However, in October 2008, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced intention to certify “suborbital aircraft” carrying people on space flights. Full report has not yet been released. European Space Agency is not supporting European industry Position of “cautious interest” expressed by ESA Regulatory Authority will likely be established by the host country to start out. Countries currently evaluating or developing new commercial space launch regulations in various stages: Sweden United Kingdom Japan Singapore

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