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FAA Adds New Members to Space Advisory Panel

November 20, 2012

November 20 - The Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation has added eight new members to its Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) to provide recommendations about the agency’s oversight and regulation of the commercial space transportation industry.

In addition to the new appointments, FAA has also announced that Michael N. Gold will serve as the new chairperson of COMSTAC.  Gold is currently Bigelow Aerospace's director of D.C. Operations and Business Growth.

COMSTAC was established in 1984 to bring together the economic, technical and institutional expertise to ensure safety during commercial launch operations and to help craft policies that support the industry’s international competitiveness.  The committee meets twice a year and is composed of senior executives from the commercial space transportation industry, satellite industry manufacturers and users; financial investment and legal service providers for commercial space activities; and academia, space advocacy organizations, and  industry associations.

The new members have significant experience in all aspects of commercial space transportation, including launch site services, space vehicle manufacturing, aerospace law, and the growing new field of commercial human spaceflight.

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