Bureaucracy Around Private Spaceflight Must Be Tamed for US to Stay on Top, Experts Say

Experts in the growing field of commercial space flight say the United States must develop coherent policies and regulations to remain a leader in space.
They say American entrepreneurs have made significant progress in developing the equipment and practices to make commercial space travel safe and economically viable.
Still, there is more work to do.
The expiration of a “learning period”—which restricts federal regulation of the industry—in late September could hamper further progress, said Karina Drees, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation,
“It is a critical time for our industry,” Ms. Drees said.
Ms. Drees and others in the commercial space travel business testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on July 13….

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