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  • Review of the 2014 FAA Recommended Practices for Commercial Spaceflight Crew Safety.

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    Dr. Marc M. Cohen, United States, Space Cooperative Inc.



    In 2014, the FAA published its first set of recommendations for commercial crew spaceflight.   These Guidelines purvey several fundamental, systemic errors.    The three major findings that expose these flaws include: 
    • Profound problems with the clarity of the language, particularly the subjunctive tense in which all the recommendations are written,
    • Conflating of the occupational limits and flight regime requirements for the flight crew and the passengers, and 
    • The dumbed-down presentation of risk management and reliability strategies.   
    The central cause of these pervasive flaws would appear to derive from the FAA’s ambivalence toward regulating commercial spaceflight as opposed to promoting it.  The FAA wants to frame the regulatory regime with good intentions without dictating to the commercial companies how to conduct their business of flying people in space for  profit.  This approach creates situations in which the recommended practice is not appropriate for the problem it seeks to solve.  This review covers the major findings that came out of the section-by-section gap analysis.
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    Manuscript document

    IAC-19,D6,1,11,x54842.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

    To get the manuscript, please contact IAF Secretariat.