SpaceX Receives FAA License to Return Private Spaceships From Earth OrbitNovember 23, 2010 at 10:56 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Space Exploration Technologies, the California company called SpaceX for short, has received the first-ever commercial license to re-enter spaceships from Earth orbit.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees commercial space transportation, granted SpaceX the one-year license today (Nov. 22). Though the FAA has issued licenses for more than 200 commercial launches, this was the first time it sanctioned a re-entry operation.