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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AL17 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: +Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements 

This action would fundamentally change how the FAA licenses launches and reentries in 14 CFR chapter III by proposing a regulatory approach that relies on performance-based regulations rather than prescriptive regulations. This action would primarily consolidate and revise parts 415, 417, 431, and 435 into a single regulatory part that states safety objectives to be achieved for the launch of suborbital and orbital expendable and reusable launch vehicles, and the reentry of reentry vehicles, and will leave design or operational solutions up to the applicant. This action will be accompanied by a body of Advisory Circulars or standards that collectively provide at least one acceptable means of compliance for all performance-based regulations in the new part. This action would also enable flexible timeframes, remove unnecessary ground safety regulations, redefine when launch begins to allow specified pre-flight operations prior to license approval, and allow applicants to seek a license to launch from multiple sites. This proposal would significantly streamline and simplify licensing of launch and reentry operations, would enable novel operations, and would result in net cost savings.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 413    14 CFR 417    14 CFR 431    14 CFR 435   
Legal Authority: 51 U.S.C. 50901 to 50923   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/15/2019  84 FR 15296   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/14/2019 
Final Rule  09/00/2020 
Additional Information: This action is deregulatory.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michelle Murray
Office of Commercial Space Transportation
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20591