Japan To Review U.S. Space Crew VehicleFebruary 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment
by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
Source – Aviation Week:
Japan To Review U.S. Space Crew Vehicle
Feb 4, 2011
By Frank Morring, Jr.
Experts from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will certify any commercial crew transportation vehicle put forward by U.S. companies as safe to fly. Only then will the Japanese agency accept them as substitutes for the space shuttle in the complex barter deals that govern International Space Station operations.
Under those arrangements, reached before the Columbia accident on Feb. 1, 2003, sounded the death knell for shuttle operations, NASA is responsible for delivering Japanese astronauts to the ISS, where U.S. scientists have access to some of the equipment and rack space on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). . . . [Full Story]