Tag Archives: Federal Aviation Administration

DHS, Partners Test Air Domain Awareness Tech for Border Security; Shawn McDonald Quoted

Air Domain Awareness

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate is testing technologies designed to secure the U.S.-Canada border's airspace. “S&T is excited about this opportunity to conduct these air domain awareness demonstrations and test these unique technologies, sensors and capabilities in realistic environments,” said Shawn McDonald, S&T program manager.

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FAA Seeks Info on Professional IT Services Sources for Enterprise Services Center

Enterprise Services

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a request for information to identify vendors that can provide information technology-related professional services for its Enterprise Services Center (ESC) in support of the latter’s short-term IT project needs. FAA plans to review industry responses to help inform the acquisition strategy for a multiple-award task order contract that could be used to provide support to ESC. 

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FAA Receives Findings of NASA-Led Airport Tech Demonstration; Bill Nelson Quoted

Bill Nelson

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now holds the findings of a NASA project that demonstrated various tools for air traffic management. FAA will nationally implement six years' worth of findings from NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 projects, which tested integrated arrival, departure and surface (IADS) technologies at various airports, the space agency said Wednesday.

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FAA Asks Public to Help Inform Environmental Review of SpaceX Rocket

Starship Prototype

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks public comments on a draft review that assesses potential environmental impacts of SpaceX's future Starship launch system. The draft programmatic environmental assessment covers the aspects of launch, reentry, debris recovery, associated construction and road closure related to Starship. Interested parties may submit input through Oct. 18th.

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Trade Association Urges U.S. Government to Speed Up Implementation of Aircraft Engine Emission Rules

Aircraft Engine Emission

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is calling on the U.S. government to expedite review of potential rule changes for aircraft engines to facilitate the implementation of global standards meant to reduce soot emissions ahead of the 2023 deadline and avoid any potential supply chain disruption.

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FAA Opens New Field Office to Monitor Safety of Commercial Space Operations in Texas, New Mexico; Wayne Monteith Quoted

Enterprise Services

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened a new safety field office in Houston, Texas, in an effort to enhance monitoring of the increasing commercial space operations in the area and in New Mexico. The new facility will host inspectors tasked to oversee ongoing testings and other work by SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and other space companies, FAA said Monday.

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New FAA Tech Tracks Space Launches, Reentries; Administrator Steve Dickson Quoted

Steve Dickson

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now has a prototype tool designed to help the agency track space launches and reentries at speeds close to real-time. FAA said Thursday that its Space Data Integrator (SDI) delivers telemetry data to the agency's Air Traffic Control System Command Center in an automated fashion.

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FAA Issues $845M in Airport Improvement Grants; DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg Quoted

Airport Improvement

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled the fourth round of fiscal year 2021 grants amounting to $845 million for infrastructure projects under the agency's Airport Improvement Program. FAA said Thursday that the funds will support efforts to bolster airport safety, capacity and jobs, address environmental impacts caused by airports and increase accessibility for remote communities and people with disabilities.

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DOT Extends Space Advisory Panel Charter

Enterprise Services

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has extended by two years the charter for a committee that advises DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on U.S. commercial space transportation matters. The 22-member Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) will continue to function through June 2023 under its renewed charter, FAA said Thursday.

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FAA, Air Force Department Partner to Implement Common Space Launch Standards; John Roth Quoted

Space Launch Standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to help the U.S. Space Force promote safety across commercial space operations at the service branch's facilities. The Department of the Air Force said Monday that it partnered with FAA to implement common safety standards and eliminate redundant processes for commercial space activities at Vandenberg Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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