FAA Space Report - February 16, 2024

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FAA Space Report
February 16, 2024

Register On Site at FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference Feb. 21-22
Join hundreds of others from across the commercial space industry to discuss launch infrastructure, international developments, the space economy, U.S. legislative updates, space science, Moon missions, the future of low-Earth orbit, and many other topics. Attendees will leave with an improved understanding of the policy landscape and an enhanced network of professionals within the industry. The conference is hosted in partnership with the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. On site registration is available.

White House Legislative Proposal on Novel U.S. Private Sector Space Activities
The White House National Space Council issued a legislative proposal to provide authorization and supervision for novel U.S. private sector space activities such as commercial space stations, in-space assembly and manufacturing, and mining on the Moon, among others. It also would expand the FAA’s licensing authority to include the operation of human spaceflight vehicles in outer space and if the operation is for the sole purpose of conducting in-space transportation.

Learn about the Colorado Air & Space Port
The Colorado Air & Space Port is in the FAA Spaceport Spotlight. This series focuses on the unique capabilities of each FAA-licensed spaceport. From launch and reentry sites to aerospace research, testing and technology centers, no two spaceports are the same. View the U.S. spaceport map showing FAA-licensed, federal and private spaceports across the country.

Quickly Reopening Airspace after a Space Launch or Reentry
The FAA reopens airspace as quickly as three minutes after a space launch or reentry vehicle safely flies through an aircraft hazard area. This is done, in part, using the Space Data Integrator (SDI) tool that provides situational awareness by tracking the vehicle in near-real time including its position, altitude, speed and any deviation from its expected flight path. More than 70 percent of commercial space operations in U.S. airspace since June 2021 have sent SDI data to the FAA.