The FAA plays a crucial role in commercial space transportation. From rocket launches to space planes, it is our duty to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launches or reentry activities. The FAA licenses all commercial space launch and reentries and the operation of commercial launch and reentry sites. We envision how to integrate all current and future ascent vehicles seamlessly into the National Airspace System (NAS). This includes any combination of aircraft, balloons, rockets, and space vehicles. We also prepare for future aircraft that have not been imagined yet.
Our goal is to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation by ensuring we have the right regulations, at the right scope, at the right time.
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- How Does Commercial Space Transportation Work With The National Airspace?
- What Does It Take To Get A Launch Vehicle or Operator License?
- What Types of Operator and Vehicle Licenses Are There?
- What Types of Spaceport or Launch Operations Licenses Are There?
- What's A Safety Approval And Do I Need One?
- What's A Payload Review And Do I Need One?
- What Regulations Should I Know About When Applying For A License?
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