Tag Archives: Federal Aviation Administration

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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GAO: FAA Must Update Approach to Avionics Cybersecurity Oversight

Avionics Cybersecurity

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to strengthen its oversight of cybersecurity in aircraft and avionics systems. GAO said that although “extensive cybersecurity controls” are in place, the FAA needs to consider the emerging threat landscape and increasing connections between airplanes and various systems.

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NAPA Report Says Commerce Dept ‘Best Suited’ to Handle Space Traffic Management; Wilbur Ross Quoted

Space Traffic

A National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) report has concluded that the Department of Commerce (DOC), particularly its office of space commerce, is the best agency to oversee space traffic management work within the federal government.

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FAA Picks 26 Institutions for UAS Training Program

UAS Technology

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with 26 schools across the nation to take part in a program focused on training potential career professionals in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology. The UAS-CTI program is aimed at recognizing students seeking to pursue careers in aviation as well as UAS development and operation, FAA noted.

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GAO: DHS Should Ensure Contractors’ CDM Tools Provide Unique Hardware Identifiers

DHS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) improve its implementation of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program by ensuring that contractors configure their cybersecurity tools to provide unique identifiers for hardware on agency networks.

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AFLCMC Directorate Updates KC-135 Aircraft with Modernized Transponder Tech

KC-135 Aircraft

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's (AFLCMC) tanker directorate incorporated an updated transponder system designed to provide airspace visibility to air traffic control into the U.S. Air Force's KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out system works to broadcast the location and position of an aircraft in real-time to provide aircrews with situational awareness capacities on nearby air vehicles, USAF said Tuesday.

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NSC’s Scott Pace on Point-to-Point Suborbital Spaceflight

Scott Pace

Scott Pace, executive secretary of the National Space Council, said he still sees the market for point-to-point, high-speed suborbital spaceflight as “somewhat over the horizon,” SpaceNews reported Tuesday. Pace provided updates on space policy directives and reaffirmed the administration’s support for the commercial space sector.

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