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Commercial Space Transportation: FAA’s Oversight of Human Spaceflight

The number of commercial launch and reentry operations carrying humans is a small proportion of the overall number of commercial space operations—about 10 percent in 2023—but it is growing. This growth has been driven both by space tourism and by government missions conducted by commercial launch and reentry operators.

This includes transporting National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts to and from the International Space Station. FAA forecasts that the number of commercial operations with humans onboard will continue to increase over the next several years.

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Commercial Space Transportation: FAA’s Oversight of Human Spaceflight
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Publisher:Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Published:February 21, 2024
License:Public Domain

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