Commercial Space Needs Regulatory Clarity
Representative Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma proposed a bill earlier this year that would do some of the things suggested here. In particular, it would put the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in charge of space traffic management. The FAA makes sense to take on many of these responsibilities because it already performs a regulatory and licensing role for aviation and could be expanded to play a similar role for a wide array of space missions. While it lacks the technical capabilities of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it can leverage their capabilities to carry out regulatory functions both DoD and NASA are not equipped to perform.
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