December 2013

NASA Astronauts To Fly as ‘Participants’ on Commercial Space Taxis, FAA Rules

December 8th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA astronauts will fly as “space flight participants” aboard commercial spaceships being developed to taxi crews to and from the international space station, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation has determined. “NASA astronauts do not meet the definition of ‘crew’ as [...]

November 2013

Holiday travelers trump SpaceX launch plans

November 27th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Concerned a rocket launch might add more congestion to the skies during Thanksgiving week, federal regulators blocked SpaceX's bid to launch a commercial broadcasting satellite Tuesday and Wednesday, two of the busiest travel days of the year SpaceX scrubbed a launch attempt Monday after a litany of technical problems triggered [...]

September 2013

Industry, FAA Look To Stay One Step Ahead of Congress with Draft Safety Document

September 27th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , |

WASHINGTON — In an attempt to forestall congressional direction of the process, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation has produced a 50-page list of safety practices that could serve as the cornerstone for future commercial human spaceflight safety regulations. Formally known as “Draft Established Practices [...]