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AST Issues First Experimental Permit to Blue Origin

The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation has issued the first ever experimental permit for a reusable suborbital rocket. This type of permit was first authorized by the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004. This first permit goes to Blue Origin, LLC. The vehicle to be tested will be unmanned and will be launched and landed vertically during tests. This is a one-year, renewable permit allowing unlimited launches, and is intended to allow launch vehicle developers to flight test their design.

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