Safety criteria for the private spaceflight industry


Quinn, A. and Maropoulos, P., 2010. Safety criteria for the private spaceflight industry. In: Proceedings of the 4th IAASS Conference - Making Safety Matter.Vol. 680 SP. European Space Agency.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has set specific rules and generic guidelines to cover experimental and operational flights by industry forerunners such as Virgin Galactic and XCOR. One such guideline Advisory Circular (AC) 437.55-1[1] contains exemplar hazard analyses for spacecraft designers and operators to follow under an experimental permit. The FAA's rules and guidelines have also been ratified in a report to the United States Congress, Analysis of Human Space Flight Safety[2] which cites that the industry is too immature and has 'insufficient data' to be proscriptive and that 'defining a minimum set of criteria for human spaceflight service providers is potentially problematic' in order not to 'stifle the emerging industry'. The authors of this paper acknowledge the immaturity of the industry and discuss the problematic issues that Design Organisations and Operators now face.


Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsQuinn, A.and Maropoulos, P.
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
ID Code22798
Additional Information4th IAASS Conference 'Making Safety Matter'. 19-21 May 2010. Huntsville, AL, United States.


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