[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 250 (Thursday, December 29, 2011)]
[Page 82031]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33353]



Federal Aviation Administration

Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee; Public 

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee 
Risk Management Working Group Teleconference.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given of a 
teleconference of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory 
Committee (COMSTAC) Risk Management Working Group. The teleconference 
will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, starting at 1:30 p.m. 
Eastern Standard Time. Individuals who plan to participate should 
contact Susan Lender, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), (the Contact 
Person listed below) by phone or email for the teleconference call in 
number. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and 
the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) have agreed to 
prepare a study on the availability of commercial insurance sufficient 
to meet the needs of NASA's Commercial Crew Program commercial 
providers for missions transporting NASA astronauts to and from the 
International Space Station. NASA's Commercial Crew Program requested 
this study (via a signed memorandum of understanding with the FAA AST) 
be conducted by AST because of its knowledge and resources in the 
commercial space industry.
    The purpose of the teleconference is to:
    1. Brief the COMSTAC Risk Management Working Group on the study,
    2. Request assistance from the working group in preparing a 
response to NASA, and
    3. Respond to any questions from the working group on the nature of 
this task.
    Interested members of the public may submit relevant written 
statements for the COMSTAC members to consider under the advisory 
process. Statements may concern the issues mentioned above or 
additional issues that may be relevant for the U.S. commercial space 
transportation industry. Interested parties wishing to submit written 
statements should contact Susan Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person listed 
below) in writing (mail or email) by January 17, 2012, so that the 
information can be made available to COMSTAC members for their review 
and consideration before the January 24, 2012, teleconference. Written 
statements should be supplied in the following formats: one hard copy 
with original signature or one electronic copy via email.
    This notice will be posted on the FAA Web site at http://www.faa.gov/go/ast.
    Individuals who plan to participate and need special assistance 
should inform the Contact Person listed below in advance of the 

Commercial Space Transportation (AST), 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Room 331, Washington, DC 20591, telephone (202) 267-8029; Email 
[email protected]. Complete information regarding COMSTAC is 
available on the FAA Web site at: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/advisory_committee/.

    Issued in Washington, DC.
 George C. Nield,
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation.
[FR Doc. 2011-33353 Filed 12-28-11; 8:45 am]