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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AJ90 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Effective Tether System (Tether Rule) (RRR) 
Abstract: This rulemaking would exclude tethered launches from the licensing requirements of 14 CFR chapter III. This rulemaking is necessary to maintain public safety for these launches by providing launch vehicle operators with clear and simple criteria for a safe tethered launch. For tethered launches that satisfy the design and operational criteria, the FAA would not require a license, permit, or waiver. This action is intended to impose no additional requirements on operators, but provides an alternative to conducting a tethered launches. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 400    14 CFR 401   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 44701   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/23/2012  77 FR 50956   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/22/2012 
Supplemental NPRM  05/00/2014 
Additional Information: SB: Y; IC: N; SLT: N Cost and Benefits: This action will likely result in cost savings for the FAA and cost savings or minimal impact for launch operators. This action would relieve operators from the process and financial burdens of applying for waivers, licenses, and permits. It could save the FAA time and resources required to analyze these applications. The rulemaking would impose no additional requirements on operators, but provides an alternative to conducting the tethered launch under Chapter III. Tethered launches that use toxic propellants would not be eligible for exclusion. Status: FAA drafting SNPRM.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Shirley McBride
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington , DC 20591
Phone:202 267-7470

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