The FAA reviews a license application to determine whether it presents any issues affecting U.S. national security or foreign policy interests, or international obligations of the United States. A major element of the policy review is the interagency review of the proposal. An interagency review allows government agencies to examine the proposed operation from their unique perspectives. The FAA consults with the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and other federal agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that are authorized to address national security, foreign policy, or international obligation issues.
An applicant may submit data related to the policy review, safety review, and payload review together as a single package or separately.
Requirements for Policy Review are described in 14 CFR Part 431.25.
- 14 CFR Parts 405 and 406 (PDF) - Civil Penalty Actions in Commercial Space Transportation (1/10/2001)
- 14 CFR Parts 400, 401, 404 et al. (PDF) - Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations; Final Rule (9/19/2000)
- Human Space Flight Requirements for Crew and Space Flight Participants; Final Rule (PDF) (February 13, 2007)
- Licensing and Safety Requirements for Launch; Final Rule (PDF), August 25, 2006
- Miscellaneous Changes to Commercial Space Transportation Regulations; Final Rule (PDF), August 31, 2006
- 14 CFR Chapter III (PDF) (FAA/AST Regulations)
- 14 CFR Parts 413 and 414 - Safety Approval Final Rule (PDF) August 15, 2006
- 14 CFR Parts 401, 411, 413, 415, and 417 (PDF) - Commercial Space Transportation Licensing Regulations; Final Rule (Effective 6/21/1999)
- 14 CFR Chapter III Parts 400-415 (PDF) - Commercial Space Transportation Licensing Regulations (4/4/1988)
- Advisory Circular (PDF), Reusable Launch and Reentry Vehicle System Safety Process, AC 431.35-2A (7/2005)