CU aerospace engineering faculty and students will help to shape the future of commercial space flight as one of eight institutions selected to participate in the newly formed Commercial Space Transportation Center sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Obama administration recently released its new National Space Policy, which recognizes opportunities and advancements in commercial space transportation and lays out specific ways to use commercial capabilities.
"This industry is currently at a point in time that is somewhat analogous to the barnstorming days of early aviation,” said Professor David Klaus, principal investigator for the CU-Boulder portion of the project. “We have tremendous potential to advance the capabilities of space travel for the generations to come."
The center will focus on four major research areas: space launch operations and traffic management; launch vehicle systems; commercial human space flight; and space commerce including law, insurance, policy and regulation. Since 1984, the FAA has issued licenses for more than 200 commercial launches and has licensed the operation of eight launch sites known as spaceports.