Thursday, October 20, 2011

NASA's Rules for Commercial Space

Popular Mechanics has posted a major article on NASA's rules for commercial space.

This month, NASA released the first draft of the document that describes how it plans to ensure the privately built spacecraft they will use will be safe. The document will define America’s future in space, because it sets the rules private companies will have to follow, though few seem to have read it. But we read through the dense language of the contract, called the Commercial Crew Integrated Design Contract (CCIDC), and found that it sets terms that keep NASA very much in control of the design and timeline of the next astronaut-carrying spacecraft and launch vehicles.

The magazine also has an interview with Philip McAlister, director of NASA’s Commercial Spaceflight Development.

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