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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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Sens. Edward Markey, John Thune Call for Action on Proposed Drone Identification Rule

Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and John Thune, R-S.D., are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to publish a proposed rule on remote identification of drones to prevent the entry of unauthorized drones in critical areas. Markey and Thune sent a letter to the Department of Transportation calling for action on the rule that would permit authorities and the public to remotely track unmanned aircraft systems and their operators during flight, Markey’s office said in a statement released Monday.

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Wayne Monteith: Gov’t Shutdown Delayed FAA’s Release of Proposed Commercial Launch Regulations

Wayne Monteith, the Federal Aviation Administration’s new associate administrator for commercial space transportation, said during the Commercial Space Transportation Conference that the government shutdown impacted the release of proposed legislation, Space News reported Wednesday. Monteith noted that the five-week shutdown delayed the release of proposed rules on licensing commercial launch and re-entry activities, including launches from multiple locations.

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FAA Adds $205M in Grants for Airport Infrastructure Efforts

The Federal Aviation Administration is investing $205M in grants to support infrastructure projects at small airports across 34 states, with a focus on rural areas. Initial funds would support runway reconstruction and facility maintenance efforts at 37 airports, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

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FAA Exploring Reform Options, Increasing US Space Launches

The Federal Aviation Administration aims to discuss and release new regulations and spaceport categories by end of 2018 or early next year, to speed up approval for space launches and allow more facilities to accommodate space operations in the U.S., Politico reported Friday.
 

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USAF Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith Named FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, a retiring U.S. Air Force commander, has been named the Federal Aviation Administration's associate administrator for commercial space transportation, effective Jan. 20, 2019. He will oversee the Office of Commercial Space Transportation that is charged with protecting national security and foreign policy interests, as well as the public, with regard to commercial launch, the FAA said Thursday.

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Audit Set for November for FAA’s Drone Authorization Efforts

The Department of Transportation’s inspector general has announced that it will conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in authorizing operations of small unmanned aircraft systems in  U.S. airspace.

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