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Letter: CSF’s position on launch and reentry licensing regulations mischaracterized

10 Oct 2019, 18:53 UTC
Letter: CSF’s position on launch and reentry licensing regulations mischaracterized
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On Tuesday Oct. 8 SpaceNews published in its weekly SN Military Space newsletter an article about FAA’s efforts to reform its launch and reentry licensing regulations. Commercial Spaceflight Federation leadership was not contacted in advance of the article being published, and the article erroneously characterizes CSF’s and its member companies’ position on FAA’s proposed licensing regulations.
“CSF and our member companies strongly support — and always have supported — regulations that protect the lives and property of the uninvolved public. At the same time, we pursue the goal of streamlining the licensing process to help the commercial space sector grow and innovate, continuously improving its capabilities and its safety,” said CSF president Eric Stallmer. “Any other characterization of CSF’s position is disingenuous, misleading, and false.”
CSF specifically corrects the following misstatements in the referenced SpaceNews article:
“The CSF, for example, argues that regulations should discriminate between expendable launchers, reusable launchers, and air-launched space vehicles.”
CSF’s position is exactly the opposite. FAA’s existing regulations currently are divided into separate sections for expendable launch vehicles, reusable launch vehicles, and reentry vehicles. CSF strongly supports streamlining these disparate sections into one licensing regime that is applicable to all launch and reentry vehicles, regardless ...

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