Space entrepreneurs that envision a flourishing public space travel market want to create an industry association to ensure that public treks into space are not only safe, but also help grow the personal spaceflight industry.
This new “Personal Spaceflight Federation” would help shape and uphold standards and processes. As a first action item, the group would set up a “Voluntary Personal Spaceflight Industry Consensus Standards Organization” — an effort to establish Industry Consensus Standards to implement the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004.
That bill authorizes the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to grant permits to private spaceship operators to fly customers into space.
Passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in December 2004, the Act empowers the government to provide for the safety of the uninvolved public through launch licensing, as well as establish Industry Consensus Standards to provide for the safety of passengers and crew that travel on commercial spaceships.