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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the potential locations for a competition that seeks to launch small payloads on short notice.Read More »
Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement that the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 would increase the government's capacity to protect U.S. citizens from drone-induced threats. She highlighted that existing regulations constrained the Department of Homeland Security's jurisdiction to address drone threats prior to the bill's passing, the DHS said Thursday.
The Federal Aviation Administration will launch an assessment of space-based aircraft surveillance over oceanic routes in 2019, Aviation Week reported Tuesday. The phased evaluation will include the use of Aireon’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system that is set to enter service in 2019 once Iridium Communications launches the last batch of Iridium NEXT satellites this year.Read More »
The Federal Aviation Administration has received a NASA-made technology designed to decrease flight delays, fuel burn and emissions. The technology, known as the Flight Deck Interval Management or FIM, is geared to facilitate performance-based procedures in congested airspace, FAA said Friday.Read More »
A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill contains a provision that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to attack drones that threaten national assets, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Unveiled the same day, the provision is part of H.R. 302 which aims to provide the FAA with aviation safety funds to cover a five-year authorization period.Read More »
The Federal Aviation Administration has activated the final component of its nationwide system designed to authorize and track drones in real time, FCW reported Monday. The North Central region coverage of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability is now operational, completing the activation of all six components that collectively cover 288 air traffic control stations.Read More »