Recent legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004(CSLAA), amended the CSLA to clarify that the FAA is responsible for the safety of passengers, requires informed consent, and establishes an experimental permitting regime.
For the last two decades, AST has been developing regulations, guidelines, and leading studies to regulate and promote commercial space transportation. New milestones within the commercial space industry have done more to capture the public's attention and create excitement for commercial space than the previous two decades combined. A recent surge in space competition designed after aviation competitions of the past (Orteig Prize) has helped spur space companies to design space vehicles by competing for prizes (10 million dollar Ansari X-Prize, X-Prize Cup, Centennial Challenge, etc.). These significant events combined with the passage of the CSLAA and a new U.S. space policy has helped the commercial space transportation arena move forward at a rapid pace. This presentation will give an overview of AST's recent activities involving commercial space transportation and highlight the most current events in commercial space activity.