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FAA Private Spaceflight Regs Due Out Soon

By Keith Cowing
April 3, 2007

To Infinity And Beyond, Forbes

“The U.S. federal government is about to take a not-so-small step forward in its giant leap to help tourists get to outer space. Within the next few weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration will issue its regulations surrounding the “experimental permits” that private spacecraft owners will use to test their rockets. The rules essentially tell developers what they need to do once they obtain a permit and are designed to expedite research on spacecraft. The regulations will apply specifically to reusable suborbital rockets, the kind that space adventure companies such as Virgin Galactic will use to send people for a thrill ride into outer space.”

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