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The U.S. commercial space transportation industry continues to evolve. More launches are putting more satellites and other payloads into space, and companies are edging closer to offering space tourism.
NASA contracted with Boeing and SpaceX to develop vehicles to transport astronauts to the Space Station. After years of delays, NASA will have fewer astronauts on the Space Station in 2020 unless Boeing and SpaceX are ready to fly missions.
Demand for commercial space launches, which send satellites into orbit for government and private customers, is expected to increase in the coming years.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation oversees the commercial space transportation industry.
What GAO Found The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) report evaluating its maximum probable loss (MPL) methodology did not fully address the evaluation and consultation requirements specified by the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA). Balance of Risk.
What GAO Found Representatives from commercial space launch companies and spaceports GAO interviewed described advantages and disadvantages of moving the Office of Commercial Space Transportation to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, but most of them favored moving the office.
What GAO Found Company officials GAO interviewed identified potential uses for “space support vehicles”—which include a variety of aircraft from high-performance jets to balloons and the aircraft portion of a hybrid launch systems (a vehicle that contains elements of both an aircraft and a rocket-powered...
What GAO Found Of the 10 spaceport operators (entities that host launches from their property) that are currently licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 3 have had commercial activity in the last 5 years, and all 3 told GAO that they have both property and liability coverage to protect...