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Space and Aviation eDocuments Collection (338 Books)


The Federal Aviation Administration: Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation Collection is an archive of publications and reports from the Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Commercial Space Transportation (OCST), and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

 
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Atlas Iias Successful!

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, September 18. A Lockheed Martin-built Atlas IIAS rocket successfully carried a Spanish communications satellite to orbit. Hispasat 1D will provide communications, broadcast and multimedia services in Europe, the Americas, North Africa and the Middle East for Madrid-based Hispasat S.A. The Atlas IIAS lifted off at 6:04 p.m. EDT (22:04 GMT), and released the satellite into orbit 29 minutes later. The launch was conducted by a comb...

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X Prize Competition Kicks Off with Scaled Composites Spaceship One!

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Mojave, CA, September 29. Scaled Composites (Scaled) plans to conduct its first launch in its bid to win the X Prize Competition. The launch will take place from the Mojave Civilian Aerospace Test Center in California. FAA issued a launch site operator?s license to the Mojave Airport on June 17th. Scaled will launch the historic SpaceShipOne with a pilot and the equivalent weight of two passengers to 100 km. A second launch is planned for as early as October 4th...

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Successful Atlas Iiib Launch!

By: Burt Rutan

Excerpt: Cape Canaveral, FL, April 10, Headquarters. AST staff, supported by AST?s Commercial Space Transportation Safety Office at Patrick Air Force Base, inspected and monitored launch activities associated with the Atlas IIIB launch of AsiaSat-4. The launch window was 8:09-9:21 p.m. on April 10. As forecast earlier, there was a 30% chance of a weather constraint due to lower level winds. The weathermen at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station forecast a 30% chance of a wea...

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Lockheed Martin's Atlas V 521 Launches Rainbow-1!

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Cape Canaveral, FL, July 17, 2003. The Atlas V 521 rocket successfully lifted off from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 17 at 7:45 p.m. EDT. It carried the Rainbow-1 spacecraft, a telecommunications satellite, owned and operated by Cablevision Systems Corporation. The launch time had been scheduled for 7:20 p.m., but a helium leak on the rocket booster and the presence of anvil clouds delayed the lift-off 25 minutes. (These massive clouds s...

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Lockheed Martin's Atlas Launch Is Successful!

By: Elon Musk

Excerpt: December 17, 2003; Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL: Lockheed Martin?s International Launch Services (ILS) launched an Atlas IIIB rocket at 9:30 pm EST. The Atlas IIIB successfully carried the U.S. Navy Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On F11. FAA safety inspectors were present at the Cape to monitor the launch. With the launch of UHF-1 in 1993, the Navy began replacing and upgrading its UHF satellite communications network with a constellation of customized sate...

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Ast News Bulletin January February 2004

By: Elon Musk

Excerpt: Sea Launch Company, LLC conducted its eleventh launch of the Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey launch platform in the Pacific Ocean. The Zenit-3SL launched the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 communications satellite, owned and operated by Loral Skynet do Brasil. It will provide satellite services for Brazil, the Americas, and the North Atlantic Ocean. The launch took off from the launch platform Odyssey located at 154 degrees West longitude and zero degrees latitud...

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October Sea Launch Mission Successful!

By: Norman Y. Mineta

Excerpt: October 1, 2003, Pacific Ocean. Sea Launch, LLC successfully launched the Zenit-3SL launch vehicle from the Pacific Ocean at 12:03 a.m. EST. Sea Launch conducts launches of the Zenit- 3SL vehicle from the equator aboard a mobile launch platform, the Odyssey. Sea Launch personnel monitor and control all launches operations from the Sea Launch Commander, a separate assembly and command ship. The Zenit-3SL rocket carried the Galaxy 13 communications satellite built...

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Ast Participates in Columbia Accident Investigation

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Washington, DC, March 21. One of the many ways that FAA is providing support to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a result of the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster on February 1st is through participation in the accident investigation process. Mr. Steven B. Wallace, Director of the FAA?s Office of Accident Investigation, is a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. In addition, current and former staff members from FAA?s Asso...

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Sea Launch Mission Successful!

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: Sea Launch Limited Partnership launched a Zenit-3SL launch vehicle on June 10, 2003, at 154 degrees West Longitude on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The Zenit-3SL launch vehicle carried the Thuraya D2 satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit. The Thuraya D2 is a Geomobile (GEM) 702+ spacecraft manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Thuraya is designed to operate in ...

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20 Years of Commercial Space Transportation! 1984-2004

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: 2004 marks the 20th year since the Commercial Space Launch Act was signed on October 30, 1984. The Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) kicked off the 20-year anniversary at FAA?s 7th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference on February 10-11 with the opening address and the first panel, entitled, ?The History of Commercial Space transportation.? T The Conference opened with a keynote address by the Honorable Jeffrey N. Shan...

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Safety Evaluation of Astrotech Payload Processing Facility Titusvi...

By: E. Stanley Warchaizer

Excerpt: In response to your request in your letter of 24 April 1990 regarding your ongoing safety evaluation of the Astrotech commercial payload processing facilities, we are pleased to provide the following inputs. We have interviewed the key lead Astro-Space Division (ASD) individuals who have been involved in the past with Astrotech and have summarized their opinions below.

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The Journal of Air Traffic Control

By: Edmund Pinto

Excerpt: ATCA was formed in 1956 as a non-professorial membership association. Today, it represents the interests of all professionals in the air traffic control industry.

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Estimation of an en Route Weather Severity Index Using Lightning S...

By: Dave Knorr

Excerpt: Joseph Post is Research Director for Air Traffic Technology at The CNA Corporation. Mr. Post holds a B.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from M.I.T., an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University, and an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University. Mike Bennett is a Research Analyst at the CNA Corporation. Dr. Bennett holds a B.S. in Physics from North Carolina State University and an M.S., M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University.

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Estimating the en Route Efficiency Benefits Pool

By: Dan Howell

Excerpt: The Free Flight program has several tools and initiatives meant to affect the efficiency of flights in en route airspace. A first step in estimating the effectiveness of en route programs is to determine the maximum possible benefit if all flights were optimized. Analyses of individual programs can then determine the fraction of this ?benefits pool? that a tool or initiative addresses. In the first part of this paper, we examine the causes of en route inefficien...

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5Th U. S. A. /Europe Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar, Budapest,...

By: Joseph Post

Excerpt: In close collaboration with the aviation industry, the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA?s) Free Flight program is fielding several advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) automation systems and evaluating their ability to provide economic benefit to airspace system users. The paper describes the Free Flight Phase 1 (FFP1) program, which ran from 1998 to 2002 and fielded five automation systems. A summary of user benefits resulting from the deployment of thes...

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Operational Performance Summary for Selected Ato Capacity and Effi...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Executive Summary: The Federal Aviation Administration?s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) has many initiatives designed to improve the quality of services provided to its customers. The full scope of these initiatives is described in the ATO?s Operational Evolution Plan (OEP). The ATO aspires to be a performance-based organization, and as such requires that decisions about improvements to the air traffic control infrastructure and procedures be based on quantitative measur...

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Operational Performance Summary for Selected Ato Capacity and Effi...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Executive Summary: The Federal Aviation Administration?s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) has many initiatives designed to improve the quality of services provided to its customers. The full scope of these initiatives is described in the ATO?s Operational Evolution Plan (OEP). The ATO aspires to be a performance-based organization, and as such requires that decisions about improvements to the air traffic control infrastructure and procedures be based on quantitative measur...

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Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States 1990-1999

By: Edward C. Cleary

Excerpt: This engine on a U.S. air carrier Boeing 767 suffered an uncontained failure after ingesting a gull upon departure from a Middle Eastern airport, 1999. (Photo courtesy TWA) Future reports will feature photographs of aircraft damage resulting from wildlife strikes. Anyone with quality photographs of wildlife-aircraft strike damage is encouraged to submit them to one of the authors for consideration. Credit will be given for all photographs used.

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2004 U. S. Commercial Space Transportation Developments and Concep...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: The Federal Aviation Administration?s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) licenses and regulates U.S. commercial space launch and reentry activity, as well as the operation of non-federal launch and reentry sites, as authorized by Executive Order 12465 and Title 49 United States Code, Subtitle IX, Chapter 701 (formerly the Commercial Space Launch Act). FAA/AST?s mission is to ensure public health and safety and the safety of pro...

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2004 U. S. Commercial Space Transportation Developments and Concep...

By: Federal Aviation Administration

Excerpt: The Federal Aviation Administration?s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) licenses and regulates U.S. commercial space launch and reentry activity, as well as the operation of non-federal launch and reentry sites, as authorized by Executive Order 12465 and Title 49 United States Code, Subtitle IX, Chapter 701 (formerly the Commercial Space Launch Act). FAA/AST?s mission is to ensure public health and safety and the safety of pro...

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