The Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) addresses commercial launch industry issues through working groups. These groups provide information, reports, and recommendations to the full Committee for adoption. COMSTAC also establishes ad hoc working groups or special task groups as needed.
Business/Legal Working Group
The Business/Legal Working Group (BLWG) is responsible for issues concerning commercial space policy, regulations, market, and liability. In 2009, this working group provided recommendations to the FAA regarding the extension of commercial space launch indemnification in the Commercial Space Launch Act. During the first quarter of 2012, the working group responded to an FAA request for insight on the issues surrounding insuring NASA astronauts on commercial launches.
Chair: Mr. Christopher Kunstadter
International Space Policy Working Group
The International Space Policy Working Group (ISPWG) analyzes current laws and regulations related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the export controls process, in order to identify specific, practical actions that will allow the U.S. commercial space transportation industry to prosper globally without harming national security. The ISPWG examines ways of improving the efficacy of America's export control regime for commercial space systems and operations.
Chair: Dr. Mark Sundahl
Associate Dean for Administration
Cleveland State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Operations Working Group
The Operations Working Group (OWG) identifies key launch operations, support, and processing issues affecting U.S. commercial space competitiveness; supports accessibility of new commercial space ventures to launch sites and services; and investigates options for commercialization/privatization of launch services, support, and facilities. The OWG was formerly the Space Transportation Working Group (STOWG).
Chair: Janet C. Karika
Interagency Launch Programs
Systems Working Group
The Systems Working Group (SWG) identifies and analyzes key safety, technical, policy, and regulatory issues concerning the range of hardware and software involved with commercial space transportation. This will include both expendable launch vehicles and reusable launch vehicles.
Chair: Livingston Holder