Chapter 7: Developing a new safety regulatory system for commercial sub-orbital spaceplanes in the UK – the challenge!
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This chapter concentrates on the thought processes and challenges that were faced by the UK Civil Aviation Authority in carrying out a recent review to determine the requirements from an operational and regulatory perspective to enable spaceplanes to operate from the UK by 2018, pending demonstration of feasibility and a decision to do so. The chapter covers the following issues tackled by the review: (1) the extent to which the UK can support safe spaceplane operations; (2) possible options for the certification of spaceplanes, engines and associated systems; (3) the key characteristics and potential locations of a spaceport; and (4) a possible understanding of the future market for spaceplane operations. Keywords: commercial spaceplane operations; spaceport; certification; UK law

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