The coming train wreck for Commercial Human Spaceflight


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This post by retired NASA engineer Wayne Hale explains why it probably is a good idea if Congress cuts the subsidies for new commercial space: The coming train wreck for commercial human spaceflight. This is the key quote, where Hale describes the regulations NASA is requiring these new companies to meet:

The document runs a mind-numbing 260 pages of densely spaced requirements. Most disappointing, on pages 7 to 11 is a table of 74 additional requirements documents which must be followed, in whole or in part. Taken all together, there are thousands of requirement statements referenced in this document. And for every one NASA will require a potential commercial space flight provider to document, prove, and verify with massive amounts of paperwork and/or electronic forms.

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  • Kelly Starks

    Though it was pointed out at http://nasaengineer.com/?p=1818 that the “260 pages of densely spaced requirements” that the space folks feel is so unacceptable – is rather small compared to the FAA’s 435 page, Part 25 Airworthiness Standard, aircraft have to pass.

    Course space craft have never been built – or held to – the standards aircraft are. Which might explain the insanely high failure rates of space craft?

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