NASA Statements On FAA Granting Reentry License To SpaceX

November 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – NASA:

RELEASE : 10-298

NASA Statements On FAA Granting Reentry License To SpaceX

WASHINGTON — NASA issued the following statements Monday after the Federal Aviation Administration issued SpaceX a license for spacecraft reentry:

“Congratulations to the SpaceX team for receiving the Federal Aviation Administration’s first-ever commercial license to reenter a spacecraft from Earth orbit,” NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said. “With this license in hand, SpaceX can proceed with its launch of the Dragon capsule. The flight of Dragon will be an important step toward commercial cargo delivery to the International Space Station. NASA wishes SpaceX every success with the launch.”

“Milestones are an important part of space exploration and SpaceX achieved a very important one today,” said Doug Cooke, associate administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. “I congratulate SpaceX on this landmark achievement and wish them the best with their launch of the Dragon capsule.”

US Signs 100 Open Skies Agreements

November 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – The Fast Lane Blog:

DOT signs 100th Open Skies agreement

Recently, we received fantastic news about our efforts to support our domestic airline industry. Colombia, negotiating with the Department’s Office of International Aviation, signed on to become our 100th Open-Skies partner.

Reaching 100 Open-Skies agreements is a major milestone in US aviation history. Travelers, shippers, airlines, and economies all over the world have benefited from the competitive pricing and more convenient service that Open Skies make possible.

Airplaneglobe Colombia–our most recent partner–is an important aviation market for the US. There are more than 200 flights back and forth each week, with 4-5 million passengers traveling between our two nations every year. And the country is not just a popular tourist destination. It’s an essential destination for many American businesses, serving as a traditional inroad into the rest of South America.

And this is just one example of our 100 valued Open Skies partners.

The US now has Open Skies partnership agreements with more than half the world’s nations, and competition-friendly agreements with many others. Partners include most of Europe and Asia, Australia, and several countries in other parts of the world, including South and Central America.

This is a huge accomplishment. It reduces the decision-making powers of governments and allows airlines to make choices more closely based in market realities. This allows airlines to grow their international services, offering travelers more options for getting where they need to go.

Open Skies also allows for greater market flexibility. Once the latest Open Skies partnership takes effect at the end of 2010, airlines from the US and Colombia will be allowed to select routes, destinations and prices for both passenger and cargo service based on market conditions and what consumers want.

Next, our negotiators will continue working to form an Open Skies partnership with Brazil. We are hopeful that ongoing discussions will be successful, further liberalizing and expanding the global aviation market for American businesses and American travelers.

S. 3954: A bill to improve air cargo security

November 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

S. 3954: A bill to improve air cargo security was introduced on November 17, 2010 by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA):

S 3954 IS

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3954

To improve air cargo security.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 17, 2010

Mr. CASEY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To improve air cargo security.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Air Cargo Security Act’.

SEC. 2. INSPECTION OF CARGO CARRIED ABOARD ALL-CARGO AIRCRAFT.

Section 44901(f) of title 49, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

`(f) Air Cargo on All-Cargo Aircraft-

`(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish a system for screening and inspecting all cargo transported in all-cargo aircraft operated by an air carrier or foreign air carrier in air transportation or intrastate air transportation to ensure the security of such aircraft.

`(2) MINIMUM STANDARDS- The system referred to in paragraph (1) shall require that equipment, technology, procedures, personnel, and other methods approved by the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration that are used for screening cargo transported in all-cargo aircraft provide a level of security commensurate with the level of security provided for screening passenger checked baggage, in accordance with the implementation schedule set forth in paragraph (3).

`(3) IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE- The Secretary shall ensure that–

`(A) beginning not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of the Air Cargo Security Act, at least 50 percent of the cargo described in paragraph (1) is screened in accordance with the inspection system established under this subsection; and

`(B) beginning not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of such Act, 100 percent of such cargo is screened in accordance with such system.

`(4) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES- The Secretary shall monitor and evaluate the research and development of effective cargo screening technologies.’.

SEC. 3. AIR CARGO SHIPPING.

(a) In General- Subchapter I of chapter 449 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`Sec. 44927. Regular inspections of air cargo shipping facilities

`(a) Regular Inspections- Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of the Air Cargo Security Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security–

`(1) shall establish a system for regularly screening and inspecting shipments of cargo transported in air transportation or intrastate air transportation at shipping facilities to ensure that appropriate security controls, systems, and protocols are observed; and

`(2) in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall enter into arrangements with civil aviation authorities, or other appropriate officials, of foreign countries to ensure the regular screening and inspection of cargo to be transported in air transportation to the United States at shipping facilities in such countries.

`(b) Defined Term- In this section, the term `screening’ means using the air cargo inspection procedures required under section 44901(f).

`(c) Reports- Not later than 210 days after the date of the enactment of the Air Cargo Security Act, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit a report to Congress that describes–

`(1) the number of shipping facilities that have been inspected in accordance with subsection (a)(1);

`(2) the number of such facilities that are not in compliance with required security controls, systems, and protocols;

`(3) the specific consequences imposed upon each facility that the Secretary determined was not in compliance with the system established under subsection (a)(1); and

`(4) the countries with which the Secretary has entered into arrangements to ensure regular screenings and inspections of cargo transported in air transportation to the United States.’.

(b) Additional Inspectors- The Secretary may increase the number of air cargo inspectors to the extent necessary to carry out the screenings and inspections required by sections 44901(f) and 44927 of title 49, United States Code, as added by this Act.

(c) Conforming Amendment- The chapter analysis for chapter 449 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`44927. Regular inspections of air cargo shipping facilities.’.

SEC. 4. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CARGO HANDLERS.

Section 44935 of title 49, United States Code, is amended–

(1) by redesignating subsection (i) (as added by section 3(b) of the Airport Security Improvement Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-528; 114 Stat. 2520), and redesignated by section 111(a)(1) of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (Public Law 107-71; 115 Stat. 616)), as subsection (k); and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

`(l) Training Program for Cargo Handlers- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish a training and evaluation program for all individuals that handle air cargo to ensure that such cargo is properly handled and safeguarded from security breaches.’.

SEC. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE.

Except as otherwise provided, this Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

H.R. 6410: Air Cargo Security Act

November 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 6410: Air Cargo Security Act was introduced on November 16, 2010 by Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA7):

HR 6410 IH

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6410

To improve air cargo security.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 16, 2010

Mr. MARKEY of Massachusetts (for himself, Mrs. LOWEY, Mrs. MALONEY, and Mr. MCGOVERN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To improve air cargo security.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Air Cargo Security Act’.

SEC. 2. INSPECTION OF CARGO CARRIED ABOARD ALL-CARGO AIRCRAFT.

Section 44901 of title 49, United States Code, is amended–

(1) by redesignating subsections `(g)’ and `(h)’ as subsections `(h)’ and `(i)’, respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subsection (f) the following:

`(g) Air Cargo on All-Cargo Aircraft-

`(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish systems to inspect cargo to ensure the security of all such cargo transported in all-cargo aircraft operated by an air carrier or foreign air carrier in air transportation or intrastate air transportation.

`(2) MINIMUM STANDARDS- The systems referred to in paragraph (1) shall require, at a minimum, that equipment, technology, procedures, personnel or other methods approved by the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, are used to screen cargo carried on all-cargo aircraft by such a carrier to provide a level of security commensurate with the level of security for the screening of passenger checked baggage in accordance to the implementation schedule set forth in paragraph (3).

`(3) IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE- The Secretary shall ensure that–

`(A) not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of the Air Cargo Security Act, 50 percent of cargo described in paragraph (1) is screened; and

`(B) not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of such Act, 100 percent of such cargo is screened.

`(4) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES- The Secretary shall monitor and evaluate the research and development of effective cargo screening technologies.’.

SEC. 3. AIR CARGO SHIPPING.

(a) In General- Subchapter I of chapter 449 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`Sec. 44922. Regular inspections of air cargo shipping facilities

`(a) Regular Inspections- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of the Air Cargo Security Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall–

`(1) establish a system for the regular inspection of shipping facilities for shipments of cargo transported in air transportation or intrastate air transportation to ensure that appropriate security controls, systems, and protocols are observed; and

`(2) enter into arrangements with the civil aviation authorities, or other appropriate officials, of foreign countries to ensure that inspections are conducted on a regular basis at shipping facilities for cargo transported in air transportation to the United States.

`(b) Screening Methods- In this section, `screening’ means using the methods of screening described in section 44901(g).

`(c) Reports- Not later than 210 days after the date of enactment of the Air Cargo Security Act and each year thereafter, the Secretary shall transmit to Congress a report that states–

`(1) the number of shipping facilities that have been inspected;

`(2) the number of facilities that are not in compliance with appropriate security controls, systems, and protocols;

`(3) specific consequences imposed for a facility not in compliance as determined by the Secretary; and

`(4) the number of arrangements entered into with civilian authorities, other appropriate officials, of foreign countries to ensure regular inspections are conducted for cargo transported in air transportation to the United States.’.

(b) Additional Inspectors- The Secretary may increase the number of inspectors as necessary to implement the requirements of title 49, United States Code, as `amended’ by this Act.

(c) Conforming Amendment- The chapter analysis for chapter 449 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`44922. Regular inspections of air cargo shipping facilities.’.

SEC. 4. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CARGO HANDLERS.

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish a training and evaluation program for any persons that handle air cargo to ensure that the cargo is properly handled and safeguarded from security breaches.

SEC. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE.

Except as otherwise provided, this Act and the amendments made in this Act shall take effect 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

The European Space Council Moves to Emphasize Galileo and GMES

November 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: www.gpsdaily.com

Ministers in charge of space activities representing the Member States of the European Space Agency and the European Union met in Brussels for the Seventh Space Council.

The Council was jointly chaired by Sabine Laruelle, the Belgian Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, the Self-employed, Agriculture and Science Policy, on behalf of the EU Competitive-ness Council, and Giuseppe Pizza, Italian State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, University and Research, on behalf of the ESA Council at Ministerial Level.

The Space Council unanimously endorsed a resolution that called for the necessary actions to deliver a space strategy that would enable economic growth, respond to public policy objectives and develop the vocations of science and technology in Europe.

Ministers emphasised that the flagship programmes Galileo and GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) remain the priorities for the EU in space and identified the key decisions to be taken in these areas over the coming months.

 

 

FAA Notice: Executive Committee of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting on December 16, 2010

November 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Federal Register

[Federal Register: November 29, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 228)]
[Notices]
[Page 73158]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr29no10-152]

[[Page 73158]]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

Executive Committee of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory
Committee; Meeting

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

———————————————————————–

SUMMARY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a
meeting of the Executive Committee of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory
Committee.

DATES: The meeting will be held on December 16, 2010, at 10 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Federal Aviation
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591,
10th floor, MacCracken Room.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Renee Butner, Federal Aviation
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591,
telephone (202) 267- 5093; fax (202) 267-5075; e-mail
Renee.Butner@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2), we are giving notice of a
meeting of the Executive Committee of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory
Committee taking place on December 16, 2010, at the Federal Aviation
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20591.
The Agenda includes:

1. Updates on:
a. Commercial Air Tour Maintenance (CATM) Working Group
b. Process Improvement Working Group (PIWG)
c. Charter Renewal
d. “One Stop Shopping” Web Site
e. Committee Manual Revisions
2. Issue Area Status Reports from Assistant Chairs
3. Remarks from other EXCOM members

Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to the
space available. The FAA will arrange teleconference service for
individuals wishing to join in by teleconference if we receive notice
by December 7. Arrangements to participate by teleconference can be
made by contacting the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT section. Callers outside the Washington metropolitan area are
responsible for paying long-distance charges.
The public must arrange by December 7 to present oral statements at
the meeting. The public may present written statements to the executive
committee by providing 25 copies to the Executive Director, or by
bringing the copies to the meeting.
If you are in need of assistance or require a reasonable
accommodation for this meeting, please contact the person listed under
the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Issued in Washington, DC on November 22, 2010.
Dennis Pratte,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2010-29922 Filed 11-26-10; 8:45 am]
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Res Communis Takes Time to Celebrate

November 25, 2010 at 8:37 am | Posted in Celebrations | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

No posts today. We are celebrating U.S. Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for all of you who visit Res Communis.

See you next week.


 

Event:

November 24, 2010 at 10:51 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – Stimson Center:

Dear Colleagues,

Your presence would be most welcome at a Stimson Center luncheon on Wednesday, December 1st to discuss space diplomacy initiatives. Our two speakers will be Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Space and Defense Policy, and Ambassador Greg Schulte, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. We will convene at 12:30pm at the Stimson Center, which is located at 1111 19th Street, 12th floor, nearby the Farragut and Dupont Circle Metro stations. If you plan to attend, please contact Nate Cohn at ncohn@stimson.org

Best wishes,
Michael Krepon
Co-founder
Stimson Center

FAA – Notice of Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Teleconference

November 24, 2010 at 8:36 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Federal Register

[Federal Register: November 24, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 226)]
[Notices]
[Page 71791-71792]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr24no10-157]

———————————————————————–

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee–Public
Teleconference

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee
Teleconference.

———————————————————————–

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee
Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given of a
teleconference of the Space Transportation Operations Working Group
(STOWG) of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee
(COMSTAC). The teleconference will take place on Wednesday, December 8,
2010, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Individuals who plan
to participate should contact Susan Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person
listed below) by phone or e-mail for the teleconference call in number.
The proposed agenda for this teleconference is to continue the
discussion started during the October 6, 2010, working group meeting.
This discussion will include looking at the orbital debris questions
asked by the FAA; continuing the group’s review of the Concept of
Operation for Global Space Vehicle Debris Threat Management Report, and
updating the list of top issues that should require the working group’s
attention.
Interested members of the public may submit relevant written
statements for the COMSTAC working group members to consider under the
advisory process. Statements may concern the issues and agenda items
mentioned above or additional issues that may be relevant for the U.S.
commercial space transportation industry. Interested

[[Page 71792]]

parties wishing to submit written statements should contact Susan
Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person listed below) in writing (mail or e-
mail) by December 1, 2010, so that the information can be made
available to COMSTAC members for their review and consideration before
the December 8, 2010, teleconference. Written statements should be
supplied in the following formats: One hard copy with original
signature or one electronic copy via e-mail.
An agenda will be posted on the FAA Web site at http://www.faa.gov/
go/ast
.
Individuals who plan to participate and need special assistance
should inform the Contact Person listed below in advance of the
meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Lender (AST-100), Office of
Commercial Space Transportation (AST), 800 Independence Avenue, SW.,
Room 325, Washington, DC 20591, telephone (202) 267-8029; E-mail
susan.lender@faa.gov. Complete information regarding COMSTAC is
available on the FAA Web site at: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/
headquarters_offices/ast/advisory_committee/
.

Issued in Washington, DC.
George C. Nield,
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation.
[FR Doc. 2010-29413 Filed 11-23-10; 8:45 am]
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UN-SPIDER Opens Beijing Office

November 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – EARSC:

UN-SPIDER Opens Beijing Office

Beijing, China (XNA) Nov 16, 2010. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) set up its first office in China Tuesday in a bid to promote international cooperation in disaster management by using space-based information.

UN-SPIDER, which is under the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), works to “ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle.”

At the recent 53rd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and UNOOSA signed an agreement to establish an office of UN-SPIDER in Beijing. . . . [Full Story]

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