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Elaine Chao Unveils Final FAA Rule on Commercial Space Launch, Reentry Licensing Requirements

Elaine Chao

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday announced the publication of a final rule from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that updates the licensing requirements for commercial space launches and reentry missions. The new rule combines four regulatory parts to implement a single set of safety and licensing regulations for commercial spaceflight launch and reentry operations. 

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DOT Seeks Industry Feedback to Bolster Emerging Transportation Tech Council

The Department of Transportation is requesting public input on how to bolster the capabilities of a newly-formed council tasked with supporting emerging transportation technologies.

DOT said Tuesday it released a request for comments to gather suggestions on topics, projects or issues the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Council should consider to better respond to the growing needs of the public and industry. 

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Commercial Drone Alliance Seeks ‘Regulatory Certainty’ for Large UAS Operations

The Commercial Drone Alliance is calling on the U.S. chief technology officer and the Federal Aviation Adinistration to “provide regulatory certainty” for operating large unmanned aerial systems. The industry group wrote to USCTO and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Michael Kratsios as well as FAA Administrator Stephen Dickinson and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao seeking a "clear regulatory roadmap” for drones that weigh more than 55 pounds.

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Former Delta Air Senior VP Stephen Dickson Senate-Confirmed to Lead FAA

The Senate has confirmed Stephen Dickson, a former senior vice president of flight operations at Delta Air Lines, as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration following a 52 to 40 vote, Reuters reported Thursday. Dickson will succeed Dan Elwell, who served as the FAA's acting administrator since 2018.

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DOT Unveils $779M Airport Rehab Funding Opportunity; Elaine Chao Quoted

The Department of Transportation intends to award $779 million in grant funds to address concerns in 127 airports within the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The funds are intended to support construction efforts and reinforce the security, capabilities and safety of the selected airports, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday

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FAA to Reorganize Commercial Space Transportation Office

The Federal Aviation Administration will reorganize its office that manages commercial space transportation to increase efficiency and address the growing number of license applications from industry, SpaceNews reported Friday. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the FAA will provide the Office of Commercial Space Transportation a new structure as the agency streamlines the process for obtaining commercial launch and reentry licenses.

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DOT to Boost Transportation Tech Deployment Through Deliberative Council

The Department of Transportation established a deliberative body that seeks to address regulatory and jurisdictional concerns. The Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology Council was established to provide potential sponsors an avenue to discuss plans and mitigate interference in the development of transportation technology, the DOT said Tuesday.

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