The FAA has released a new order on who qualifies for Commercial Space Astronaut Wings and there are some interesting things in here.…
Two ways to qualify: (1) Either you are a crewmember that meets flight crew qualifications, demonstrated flight beyond 50 miles on a licensed launch, and demonstrated activities during flight that were essential to public safety, or contributed to human space flight safety... OR
You could be an "individual whose contribution to commercial human space flight merits special recognition..." as determined by the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. "These individuals... may not be required to satisfy all eligibility requirements."
The honorary wings can be granted posthumously and all commercial space wings will be bestowed at the "total discretion" of the AA for Commercial Space Transportation.
The AA for AST "shall be the final authority to make the determination that a crewmember is eligible to be awarded the Commercial Space Astronaut Wings. To verify that the crew has satisfied the eligibility requirements and at the discretion of AST-1."

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21 Jul
There has been a significant debate about who is or isn't an astronaut for a while now. The first major debate from a legal perspective copped up in 2015 during negotiations over the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act.
Congress was trying to figure out what to do about government employees that fly on commercial systems as part of their official duties, not as paying customers. Up to that point, we only had two categories of people on commercial flights, Crew and Space Flight Participants.
Congress ultimately created a new category of "Government Astronauts." Rather than define a government astronaut however, the law points to the NASA Administrator to decide who is a government astronaut and who is qualified to be called that (as defined by NASA regs.)
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15 Jul
A reminder that the Senate Commerce Committee included its SSA/STM bill in the EFA which became a part of the larger Senate China package. The Commerce bill puts this responsibility at the Commerce Department and the Senate CJS Subcommittee funded it at $10 million.
There is a large disconnect between the House and the Senate on this right now. The House T&I Aviation subcommittee filed a bill that endorses a program at FAA to prevent debris from reentering and hitting aircraft transiting the National Airspace.
As the ASAP, Space Council UAG (with leadership from then private citizen Pam Melroy), and numerous think tanks have concluded, we need a solution to this now to avoid catastrophe in the future.
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15 Jul
There has been a lot of public discussion recently about the impact of commercial space activity. Mostly from people who are under- or ill-informed about space activity and its benefits to humanity. I’d like to try to address some of that. 1/x
I think the recent VG flight really awakened the collective conscience of many people to a litany of questions. Should billionaires be able to do this? What is NASA’s role if individuals can go to space? Are we taxing rich people enough? What does it mean for humanity? 2/
In particular, questions about the “who” (namely billionaires) investing in these activities are particularly valid. I think it makes sense for people to question why rich people have so much money that they can afford to take a trip to space. 3/
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14 Jul
House Appropriations posted the Report language for their NASA Appropriation. $1.34 billion for HLS; +150m over PBR; $45 million for Commercial LEO; creation of Suborbital Crew program $10m…
The House is also including continuing big investments in Nuclear Thermal and Nuclear Electric Propulsion and an increase in the Flight Opportunities program to $30 million, the largest number for the program in its history (if it holds).
The bill includes $10 million for the Office of Space Commerce to continue the direction of the previous appropriations omnibus to develop SSA/STM capabilities.
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7 Jul
There is so much wrong with this piece from @hiltzikm that I struggle with perpetuating it, but the author clearly knows absolutely nothing about our national scientific endeavors, the state of the space industry, or our national space policy. 1/x…
The central thesis is that these programs only exist to exalt the billionaire patrons. Should we discount the work of Galileo Galilei because the Medici Family supported him? Science and exploration have always been supported by the wealthy... this is not new, nor novel. 2/x
The author asserts, with zero evidence, that these flights will do nothing to support science. On its face, this is incorrect, both Virgin and Blue have been public about the science experiments on their flights. And the flights themselves will teach us a great deal. 3/x
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I have spent some time contemplating the ramifications of this. Before you read this thread know this: I am posting this with the information we have and my opinion is subject to change. @wapodavenport @SciGuySpace @Free_Space @jacqklimas @kchangnyt
Regulation of the launch industry is built on the belief that the industry understands the ramifications of their actions and will protect itself by following those regulations and that Congress believes DOT will do what is necessary to protect the uninvolved public.
(It is important to note at this point that Congress granted this authority to the Secretary of Transportation and during the Clinton Administration the Secretary devolved this authority to the FAA, which is why we have the Office of Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA.)
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