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Office of Commercial Space Transportation

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Apollo 11 – Paving the Way for Today's Commercial Space Industry

Fifty years ago, innovation, safety and imagination came together to accomplish the impossible. NASA's Apollo 11 Mission and historic moon landing changed the world of aviation and space exploration. Learn more about how this event helped shape our world.

U.S. Human Space Flight Safety Record Data

The FAA has published its U.S. Human Space Flight Safety Record Data to aid licensees planning to carry space flight participants in complying with the informed consent requirements of 14 CFR part 460. Review The U.S. Human Space Flight Safety Record Data (PDF).

FAA Report on Recommended Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety

After working closely with NASA, industry, and other key stakeholders, the FAA has issued its "Recommended Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety." This document is the culmination of a 3-year effort which involved researching existing human space flight standards, conducting a series of public teleconferences to gather recommendations, and soliciting feedback from the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). These practices are based on the data gathered and lessons learned from more than 100 years of aviation and over 50 years of human space flight. Commercial aviation has provided significant insights on the need for regulatory balance, both in terms of business viability, and with respect to passenger safety. Government space programs have helped identify crucial design features and operational capabilities that have been shown to be very important during previous human space flights. Although industry is not required to follow the identified practices, the document provides a framework that space vehicle developers and operators may find useful in the preparation of industry consensus standards. It is intended to facilitate ongoing safety discussions between government, industry, and academia.

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