House proposes trimming budget of FAA’s commercial space office

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A House subcommittee has proposed trimming the budget of the FAA’s commercial space office from the $15.2 million it received in 2010 and 2011 to $13 million for 2012.

This is good, to my mind. Cutting their budget will pull the teeth from their regulatory efforts. As the commercial space industry ramps up, the political pressure on this office to approve permits will increase, and if they are short of cash they will have no choice but to keep things simple and say yes.

Update: Thanks to Joe2 for noting my error: the budget numbers above have been corrected to millions, not billions.



  • Joe2

    “$15.2 billion it received in 2010 and 2011 to $13 billion for 2012.”

    I sincerely hope you meant: $15.2 million it received in 2010 and 2011 to $13 million for 2012.

  • Kelly Starks

    Just a nit – but this doesn’t limit their ability to regulate – just how rapidly they can process them. Having folks wait twice as long for a answer isn’t helpfull.

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