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White House proposal would split mission authorization between Commerce and Transportation


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White House proposal would split mission authorization between Commerce and Transportation

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The White House has unveiled its long-awaited proposal for regulating novel commercial space activities, splitting those responsibilities between the Commerce and Transportation Departments.

The National Space Council released a draft bill or “legislative proposal” Nov. 15 that would give the two departments the authority to authorize and oversee activities not currently licensed by other agencies, like launches, satellite communications and commercial remote sensing. Such oversight is required to comply with the “authorization and continuing supervision” provision of Article 6 of the Outer Space Treaty.

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House Science Committee delays vote on commercial space bill

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The House Science Committee deferred a vote on a commercial space bill until after Thanksgiving amid opposition from committee Democrats about its provisions.

The committee met Nov. 15 to mark up the Commercial Space Act of 2023 and one other bill. At the end of the markup, lasting more than three and a half hours including a recess, the committee’s chairman, Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said the committee would delay votes to advance both bills until after the Thanksgiving break because of votes on the House floor and “and the nature of additional information that has become available to us.”

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As if dealing with a single government entity wasn't time-consuming and expensive enough... 

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2 hours ago, and-then said:

As if dealing with a single government entity wasn't time-consuming and expensive enough... 

Companies will only be dealing with one government entity, that's rather the point. It will just depend which entity depending on the activity of the company. From the article:

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DOT, through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, would handle oversight of human spaceflight activities beyond its current role in launch and reentry. It would license all other human spaceflight activities, including commercial space stations and missions to the moon and other celestial bodies.

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DOC’s Office of Space Commerce, which handles commercial remote sensing regulations, would expand its oversight to other uncrewed spacecraft not regulated by DOT.

 

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Industry group opposes White House mission authorization proposal

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WASHINGTON — An industry group says it is opposed to a White House proposal for regulating novel space activities, arguing it could be burdensome and confusing for companies and agencies.

The Nov. 27 letter from the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) to the chairs and ranking members of the House Science Committee and Senate Commerce Committee, obtained by SpaceNews, comes as the House committee prepares to resume consideration of a bill with an alternative approach to what is often called mission authorization.

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