Japan To Review U.S. Space Crew Vehicle

February 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]

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