25. October 2019

DLR and FAA are cooperating for the integration of commercial spaceflight into the air transport system

 DLR Air Traffic Validation Center - Flight Control Room.
DLR Air Traffic Validation Center - Flight Control Room
Image 1/3, Credit: © DLR

DLR Air Traffic Validation Center - Flight Control Room

DLR Air Traffic Validation Center - Flight Control Room.

FAA Challenger Space Operations Room
FAA Challenger Space Operations Room
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FAA Challenger Space Operations Room

FAA Challenger Space Operations Room during the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A Launch, 11 April, 2019.

Signatory Procedure of DLR-FAA Memorandum of Cooperation at IAC 2019
Signatory Procedure of DLR-FAA Memorandum of Cooperation at IAC 2019
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Signatory Procedure of DLR-FAA Memorandum of Cooperation at IAC 2019

Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board and Wayne R. Monteith , Associate Administrator, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Office of Commercial Space Transportation of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are seeking to identify the data that may need to be exchanged between United States and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) prior to, during and after a space launch or re-entry operation that is initiated in one country and traverses the airspace of another country. This data exchange should facilitate improved situational awareness, allowing US and European ANSPs to respond as necessary in the event of a vehicle failure. To this end, the FAA and DLR intend to bring together their unique capabilities using FAA's Commercial Space Integration Lab and DLR's Air Traffic Validation Center, located in the USA and Germany respectively.

In order to be able to cooperate and exchange data in the future, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the development of commercial space transportation was signed by Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, and Wayne R. Monteith, Associate Administrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, on 24 October 2019. The signatory ceremony was held at DLR's stand at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC.

The MoC reflects the excellent collaboration that FAA and DLR have developed since the first Research and Development Cooperative Agreement of both establishments, which was signed in 2010.

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