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Licensing and Safety Requirements for Launch; Technical AmendmentRule2016-2081308/30/2016Transportation DepartmentThe FAA is publishing this action to correct minor, editorial errors in chapter III, parts 415 and 417. These errors occurred in the Licensing and Safety Requirements for Launch final rule, published in the Federal Register on August 2 … The FAA is publishing this action to correct minor, editorial errors in chapter III, parts 415 and 417. These errors occurred in the Licensing and Safety Requirements for Launch final rule, published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2006. That final rule amended the commercial space transportation regulations governing the launch of expendable launch vehicles to address licensing and safety requirements for a launch. In that final rule, the FAA inadvertently made minor errors, which this technical amendment corrects.licensing-and-safety-requirements-for-launch-technical-amendmentFR-Doc-2016-20813
Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations; Technical AmendmentRule2016-2081508/30/2016Transportation DepartmentThe FAA is publishing this action to correct minor, editorial errors in chapter III, part 431. The errors occurred in the Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations final rule, publi … The FAA is publishing this action to correct minor, editorial errors in chapter III, part 431. The errors occurred in the Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations final rule, published in the Federal Register on September 19, 2000. That final rule amended commercial space transportation regulations for the launch and reentry of reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) to establish operational requirements for launches of RLVs and to implement the FAA's reentry licensing authority by prescribing requirements for obtaining a license to launch and reenter an RLV, to reenter a reentry vehicle, and to operate a reentry site. In that final rule, the FAA inadvertently made minor errors, which this technical amendment corrects.commercial-space-transportation-reusable-launch-vehicle-and-reentry-licensing-regulations-technicalFR-Doc-2016-20815
Reciprocal Waivers of Claims for Licensed or Permitted Launch and Reentry ActivitiesRule2016-1876508/18/2016Transportation DepartmentThe FAA is amending its commercial space regulations governing reciprocal waivers of claims to require that customers waive claims against all the customers involved in a launch or reentry, including those signing a different set of … The FAA is amending its commercial space regulations governing reciprocal waivers of claims to require that customers waive claims against all the customers involved in a launch or reentry, including those signing a different set of reciprocal waivers. Also, customers of a customer contracting directly with a licensee or permittee will not have to sign a waiver directly with the licensee or permittee, other customers, or the FAA. The FAA is also adding an appendix to provide permittees with an example of a Waiver of Claims and Assumption of Responsibility for Permitted Activities with No Customer.reciprocal-waivers-of-claims-for-licensed-or-permitted-launch-and-reentry-activitiesFR-Doc-2016-18765
Changing the Collective Risk Limits for Launches and Reentries and Clarifying the Risk Limit Used To Establish Hazard Areas for Ships and AircraftRule2016-1708307/20/2016Transportation DepartmentThe FAA is amending its regulations concerning the collective risk limits for commercial launches and reentries. These changes include: Separating the risk limits for commercial launches and reentries; aggregating the risk posed by … The FAA is amending its regulations concerning the collective risk limits for commercial launches and reentries. These changes include: Separating the risk limits for commercial launches and reentries; aggregating the risk posed by impacting inert and explosive debris, toxic release, and far field blast overpressure; limiting the aggregate risk for these three hazards to 1 x 10-4; reducing the number of significant digits used in launch and reentry risk analysis; and various non-substantive clarifying revisions. These changes update FAA regulations to reflect the United States Government's greater experience with commercial launch and reentry and to align more closely the FAA's risk standards with those of other United States Federal agencies, while continuing to protect public safety.changing-the-collective-risk-limits-for-launches-and-reentries-and-clarifying-the-risk-limit-used-toFR-Doc-2016-17083
Space FlightRule2016-1543107/01/2016National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is issuing a final rule for its regulations that govern International Space Station crewmembers, mementos aboard Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) missions, and the authority o … The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is issuing a final rule for its regulations that govern International Space Station crewmembers, mementos aboard Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) missions, and the authority of the NASA Commander, and removes the Agency's policy on space flight participation and other policies that were relevant to the Space Shuttle. The revision to this rule is part of NASA's retrospective plan under Executive Order (EO) 13563 completed in August 2011. NASA's full plan can be accessed on the Agency's open Government Web site at http://www.nasa.gov/open/.space-flightFR-Doc-2016-15431
Updates to Rulemaking and Waiver Procedures and Expansion of the Equivalent Level of Safety OptionProposed Rule2016-1212906/01/2016Transportation DepartmentThis action would streamline and improve commercial space transportation regulations' general rulemaking and petition procedures by reflecting current practice; reorganizing the regulations for clarity and flow; and allowing petiti … This action would streamline and improve commercial space transportation regulations' general rulemaking and petition procedures by reflecting current practice; reorganizing the regulations for clarity and flow; and allowing petitioners to file their petitions to the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation electronically. Further, it would expand the option to satisfy commercial space transportation requirements by demonstrating an equivalent level of safety. These changes are necessary to ensure the regulations are current, accurate, and are not unnecessarily burdensome. The intended effect of these changes is to improve the clarity of the regulations and reduce burden on the industry and on the FAA.updates-to-rulemaking-and-waiver-procedures-and-expansion-of-the-equivalent-level-of-safety-optionFR-Doc-2016-12129
Space FlightProposed Rule2015-2647510/20/2015National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern International Space Station crewmembers, mementos aboard Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) missions, the authority of the … The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern International Space Station crewmembers, mementos aboard Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) missions, the authority of the NASA Commander, and removes the Agency's policy on space flight participation and other policies that were relevant to the Space Shuttle. The revisions to this rule are part of NASA's retrospective plan under Executive Order (E.O.) 13563 completed in August 2011. NASA's full plan can be accessed on the Agency's open Government Web site at http:// www.nasa.gov/open/.space-flightFR-Doc-2015-26475
Duty Free Entry of Space ArticlesRule2015-1721308/03/2015National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationThis direct final rule makes non-substantive changes to correct citations and office titles. The revisions to this rule are part of NASA's retrospective plan completed in August 2011 under Executive Order (EO) 13563.This direct final rule makes non-substantive changes to correct citations and office titles. The revisions to this rule are part of NASA's retrospective plan completed in August 2011 under Executive Order (EO) 13563.duty-free-entry-of-space-articlesFR-Doc-2015-17213
Exclusion of Tethered Launches From Licensing RequirementsRule2015-1355706/04/2015Transportation DepartmentThe FAA is amending its commercial space transportation regulations to exclude specified tethered launches from its licensing and permitting requirements. This action maintains safety by providing launch vehicle operators with clear … The FAA is amending its commercial space transportation regulations to exclude specified tethered launches from its licensing and permitting requirements. This action maintains safety by providing launch vehicle operators with clear and simple criteria for a safe tethered launch, while relieving operators and the FAA from the administrative burden of filing and processing license and permit applications or waiver requests. The intent of this final rule is to enhance the safety of tethered launches and improve regulatory effectiveness.exclusion-of-tethered-launches-from-licensing-requirementsFR-Doc-2015-13557
Electronic Applications for Licenses, Permits, and Safety ApprovalsRule2015-1255605/27/2015Transportation DepartmentCurrently, an application for a license or experimental permit, or for a safety approval must be submitted to the FAA in paper form. This rule will make the application process more flexible and efficient by providing applicants with … Currently, an application for a license or experimental permit, or for a safety approval must be submitted to the FAA in paper form. This rule will make the application process more flexible and efficient by providing applicants with an option to submit these applications to the FAA electronically (either via email or on an electronic storage device) rather than submitting a paper application.electronic-applications-for-licenses-permits-and-safety-approvalsFR-Doc-2015-12556
Reciprocal Waivers of Claims for Licensed or Permitted Launch and Reentry ActivitiesProposed Rule2015-0025201/13/2015Transportation DepartmentThe FAA proposes to amend the reciprocal waivers of claims regulations so that customers would waive claims against all the customers involved in a launch or reentry, including those signing a different set of reciprocal waivers. Als … The FAA proposes to amend the reciprocal waivers of claims regulations so that customers would waive claims against all the customers involved in a launch or reentry, including those signing a different set of reciprocal waivers. Also, customers of any customer contracting directly with a licensee or permittee would not have to sign a waiver directly with the licensee or permittee, other customers, or the FAA. The FAA also proposes to add an appendix to provide permittees with an example of a Waiver of Claims and Assumption of Responsibility for Permitted Activities with No Customer. The proposed rule would incorporate the reciprocal waiver of claims requirements in the regulatory text, ensure that customers would waive claims against all other customers involved in a launch or reentry, including those signing different reciprocal waivers, reduce the need for licensees and permittees to request a partial waiver of the reciprocal waiver of claims requirements and for the FAA to process those requests, and provide a reciprocal waiver template for permittees with no customers, reducing the need for the FAA to assist such a permittee in drafting its cross waivers.reciprocal-waivers-of-claims-for-licensed-or-permitted-launch-and-reentry-activitiesFR-Doc-2015-00252
Exclusion of Tethered Launches From Licensing RequirementsProposed Rule2014-1695407/22/2014Transportation DepartmentOn August 23, 2012, the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to exclude certain tethered launches from the FAA's licensing and permitting requirements. The FAA is issuing this SNPRM because a commenter raised an is … On August 23, 2012, the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to exclude certain tethered launches from the FAA's licensing and permitting requirements. The FAA is issuing this SNPRM because a commenter raised an issue regarding toxic propellants that was not discussed in the NPRM, but should be addressed. Therefore, the FAA is issuing this action, which proposes to amend the NPRM so that tethered launches using propellants that cause serious injury to the public would not be eligible for exclusion. This SNPRM also includes clarifications based on recommendations commenters made to the NPRM. These proposed changes are intended to enhance the safety of tethered launches and improve regulatory effectiveness.exclusion-of-tethered-launches-from-licensing-requirementsFR-Doc-2014-16954
Changing the Collective Risk Limits for Launches and Reentries and Clarifying the Risk Limit Used To Establish Hazard Areas for Ships and AircraftProposed Rule2014-1692807/21/2014Transportation DepartmentThe FAA proposes to amend the collective risk limits for commercial launches and reentries. Under this proposal, the FAA would separate its expected-number-of-casualties (Ec) limits for launches and reentries. For commercia … The FAA proposes to amend the collective risk limits for commercial launches and reentries. Under this proposal, the FAA would separate its expected-number-of-casualties (Ec) limits for launches and reentries. For commercial launches, the FAA proposes to aggregate the Ec posed by the following hazards: Impacting inert and explosive debris, toxic release, and far field blast overpressure. The FAA proposes to limit the aggregate Ec for these three hazards to 1 x 10-\\4\\. For commercial reentries, the FAA proposes to aggregate the Ec posed by debris and toxic release, and set that Ec under an aggregate limit of 1 x 10-\\4\\. Under the FAA's proposal, the aggregate Ec limit for both launch and reentry would be expressed using only one significant digit. The FAA also proposes to clarify the regulatory requirements concerning hazard areas for ships and aircraft. The proposed rule would require a launch operator to establish a hazard area where the probability of impact does not exceed: 0.000001 (1 x 10-\\6\\) for an aircraft; and 0.00001 (1 x 10-\\5\\) for a water-borne- vessel.changing-the-collective-risk-limits-for-launches-and-reentries-and-clarifying-the-risk-limit-used-toFR-Doc-2014-16928
Explosive Siting RequirementsRule2012-2192209/07/2012Transportation DepartmentThis rule amends the requirements for siting explosives under a license to operate a launch site. It increases flexibility for launch site operators in site planning for the storage and handling of energetic liquids and explosives.This rule amends the requirements for siting explosives under a license to operate a launch site. It increases flexibility for launch site operators in site planning for the storage and handling of energetic liquids and explosives.explosive-siting-requirementsFR-Doc-2012-21922
Exclusion of Tethered Launches From Licensing RequirementsProposed Rule2012-2068608/23/2012Transportation DepartmentThe FAA proposes to exclude tethered launches as defined in this proposal from the existing licensing requirements. This proposed rule would maintain public safety for these launches by providing launch vehicle operators with clear and … The FAA proposes to exclude tethered launches as defined in this proposal from the existing licensing requirements. This proposed rule would maintain public safety for these launches by providing launch vehicle operators with clear and simple criteria for a safe tethered launch. The FAA would not require a license, permit or waiver for tethered launches that satisfy the design and operational criteria proposed here.exclusion-of-tethered-launches-from-licensing-requirementsFR-Doc-2012-20686
Correction of Authority Citations for Commercial Space TransportationRule2012-819604/05/2012Transportation DepartmentIn 2010, Congress transferred the statute authorizing the FAA's commercial space transportation regulations. This action is necessary to correct affected citations in the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect this transfer of auth … In 2010, Congress transferred the statute authorizing the FAA's commercial space transportation regulations. This action is necessary to correct affected citations in the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect this transfer of authority. The intended effect of this action is to make the affected regulations comply with the statute.correction-of-authority-citations-for-commercial-space-transportationFR-Doc-2012-8196
Launch Safety: Lightning Criteria for Expendable Launch VehiclesRule2011-1414606/08/2011Transportation DepartmentThe FAA is amending its lightning commit criteria to account for new information about the risks of natural and triggered lightning. This action amends flight criteria for mitigating against naturally occurring lightning and lightni … The FAA is amending its lightning commit criteria to account for new information about the risks of natural and triggered lightning. This action amends flight criteria for mitigating against naturally occurring lightning and lightning triggered by the flight of an expendable launch vehicle through or near an electrified environment in or near a cloud. These changes will increase launch availability and implement changes already adopted by the United States Air Force.launch-safety-lightning-criteria-for-expendable-launch-vehiclesFR-Doc-2011-14146
Explosive Siting RequirementsProposed Rule2011-348702/16/2011Transportation DepartmentThe FAA proposes to abandon its separation requirements at launch sites for storing liquid oxygen, nitrogen tetroxide, hydrogen peroxide in concentrations equal to or below 91 percent, and refined petroleum-1 (RP-1) unless they are … The FAA proposes to abandon its separation requirements at launch sites for storing liquid oxygen, nitrogen tetroxide, hydrogen peroxide in concentrations equal to or below 91 percent, and refined petroleum-1 (RP-1) unless they are within an intraline distance of another incompatible energetic liquid, or will be co-located on a launch vehicle. The FAA's current separation requirements for storing these energetic liquids unnecessarily duplicate the requirements of other regulatory regimes. The FAA also proposes to reduce the separation distances required for division 1.1 explosives and liquid propellants with trinitrotoluene (TNT) equivalents of less than or equal to 450 pounds. The revised separation requirements reflect protection against fragment hazards, the main hazard at these quantities. The FAA would impose a new formula for determining distances to public areas containing a member of the public in the open. Finally, the FAA would reduce the separation distances for division 1.3 explosives as well. The proposed rule would increase flexibility for launch site operators in site planning for the storage and handling of explosives.explosive-siting-requirementsFR-Doc-2011-3487
Clarification of Reciprocal Waivers of Claims for Multiple-Customer Commercial Space Launch and ReentryRule2011-331302/15/2011Transportation DepartmentThis action clarifies a reciprocal waiver of claims requirement for an FAA authorized launch or reentry in which a licensee or permittee has multiple customers. There has been confusion about whether all customers must sign or wheth … This action clarifies a reciprocal waiver of claims requirement for an FAA authorized launch or reentry in which a licensee or permittee has multiple customers. There has been confusion about whether all customers must sign or whether one customer can sign such an agreement on behalf of all customers. This action eliminates any confusion by clarifying that a reciprocal waiver of claims requires each customer to enter into a waiver with the U.S. Government and the licensee or permittee. However, this action does not change the existing practice for government customers, which is that the FAA signs on their behalf.clarification-of-reciprocal-waivers-of-claims-for-multiple-customer-commercial-space-launch-andFR-Doc-2011-3313
Licensing and Safety Requirements for LaunchRuleE8-2550610/27/2008Transportation DepartmentThis action corrects reference errors that appeared in a final rule the FAA published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2006. The final rule amended commercial space transportation regulations governing the launch of expendable … This action corrects reference errors that appeared in a final rule the FAA published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2006. The final rule amended commercial space transportation regulations governing the launch of expendable launch vehicles. In that final rule, the FAA inadvertently referenced incorrect sections. The intent of this action is to correct this minor error in the regulation to ensure the requirement is clear and accurate.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2008/10/27/E8-25506/licensing-and-safety-requirements-for-launchFR-Doc-E8-25506
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