The FAA issues a commercial space transportation license or experimental permit when we determine that your launch or reentry proposal, your proposal to operate a launch or reentry site, or your proposal to test equipment, design or operating techniques will not jeopardize public health and safety, property, U.S. national security or foreign policy interests, or international obligations of the United States.
Launch or Reentry Vehicles
Launch Site (Spaceport)
The Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) licenses Spaceports (PDF) (commercial launch and reentry sites) in the United States.
- Pre-Application Consultation
- Policy Review and Approval
- Safety Review and Approval
- Environmental Review
- Compliance Monitoring (post-issuance of license)