The Federal Aviation Administration announced that the newly amended commercial space deployment regulations are under synchronization and will be ready for public access in a few days. FAA’s associate administrator in charge of commercial space missions, Wayne Montieth, projected this in his latest speech.
Montieth emphasized that the Federal Register is authenticating the regulations. Speaking at the Ascend webinar held by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Montieth explained that the regulations would be publicized in the coming weeks. The regulations will be effective after a grace period of three months. The rules were under the amendment process beginning mid-2017.
Monteith reiterated that the updated regulations would minimize the rate of mission inconsistencies by focusing on the performance of the launch mission rather than the prescriptive form of licensing. Montieth added that a license would be liable for launching multiple missions from multiple locations instead of one license, one mission, and one launch location. This change aims to minimize unnecessary duplications that end up confusing the engineers when disengaging faulty components from a mission.
Monteith enumerated that the purpose of the changes is to assure customer safety and create a versatile ecosystem for the space companies to operate efficiently. He added that satellites’ expansive constellations make it imperatively difficult for other missions to enter other orbits like the geosynchronous orbit.
Moreover, over-regulation of space operations makes the industry rigid to observe safety regulations and discard their innovative projects due to legal enslavement. The regulations advocate for the inclusion of the safety measures in the missions conscientiously without straining the operations of the space companies.
An excellent example of the regulation in action is the release of over 30 launch licenses to different companies, among them SpaceX, which deployed a crewed space vehicle. The agency hopes to have authorized about 40 missions to beat last year’s rigid 26 mission licenses at the end of this year.
Nevertheless, Monteith explained that the space industry is expanding rapidly, and it would be difficult to contain the safety of space missions. The expansion means that more work and more companies have to prove their authenticity in their missions.
Finally, the FAA is looking forward to the redress of the issues raised by the astronomical society to ensure that constellations of satellites do not impede their observatory experiments. More investment will be coming into the space industry from companies that want to enjoy 5G internet and monitor the progress of their operations.