Safety criteria for the private spaceflight industry

Andy Quinn*, Paul Maropoulos

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the fourth IAASS conference
    Subtitle of host publicationmaking safety matter
    PublisherEuropean Space Agency
    ISBN (Print)978-92-9221-244-5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010
    Event4th IAASS Conference 'Making Safety Matter' - Huntsville, AL, United States
    Duration: 19 May 201021 May 2010

    Publication series

    NameESA Communications
    PublisherEuropean Space Agency
    ISSN (Print)1609-042X


    Conference4th IAASS Conference 'Making Safety Matter'
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityHuntsville, AL


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