Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism
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Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism

Legal and Policy Aspects

Edited by Jan Wouters, Philip De Man and Rik Hansen

Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism combines the perspectives of academics, policy makers and major industry players around three central themes connected to commercial spacefaring: the international legal challenges posed by the dramatic changes to the spacefaring landscape through privatisation and commercialisation; the corresponding legal and regulatory responses to these challenges at the national level; and related topical questions of global space governance.
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Chapter 7: Developing a new safety regulatory system for commercial sub-orbital spaceplanes in the UK – the challenge!

Jeremy Stubbs

Abstract

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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