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Private Firms Expect Initial Briefing on FAA Regulatory Revisions for Commercial Flight Operations

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Private aviation companies expect the Federal Aviation Administration to use its upcoming events to provide updates on its revisions to commercial launch rules, Space News reported Sunday.

The regulatory revisions are in compliance with President Trump’s Space Policy Directive-2, which requires the FAA to review and modify existing regulations on space flight efforts and expandable and reusable launch vehicles.

Caryn Schenewerk, senior counsel and senior director for space flight policy at SpaceX, noted during the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight that the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee’s meeting from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 would allow the FAA to inform industry about its rulemaking effort.

She added that the commercial sector seeks to know how far the FAA has gone into its revisions before it meets its initial deadline on February.

The FAA will also possibly use a two-day conference at the end of October to address the increase of launch and re-entry operations in the national airspace system, which caused flights to reroute due to airspace closures.

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