Friday, March 28, 2008

Space Access 2008- Michelle Murray and Sherman Council of FAA

Michelle Murray works with the FAA, Office of Commercial Space Transportation. They regulate launches. They have about 65 people working in the office.

The number one mission is public safety. They also worry about national security and try to help promote the space industry.

Michelle summarized some of the events in the commercial space arena over the last year.

She covered some of the same information that she presented last year.

There has been an increased in permits for experimental launches. If you are going to do a launch, you have to fill out an application.

Sherman Council talked in detail about safety approval. Safety approvals are voluntary, you don't have to get them. I was surprised, because the attitude seems to be that you have to get them.

Safety approvals are renewable and can be transferred. Sherman also made the point that their concern is the general public. They recognize that rockets are inherently dangerous and that accidents will happen.

The full agenda

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