A RAND report flags a lack of transparency that makes it impossible to independently evaluate and analyze whether policymakers, spaceflight participants, industry, or the public have enough information to make informed decisions about the safety of commercial spaceflight.

Suborbital passengers on Unity 25 flight. Image credit: Virgin Galactic/Inside Outer Space screengrab

“Individuals who choose to go to space, and the general public, may not have sufficient information to reasonably assess the safety of commercial spaceflight. It’s time to allow the moratorium on regulation to expire and allow the development of safety standards, led by the FAA,” report’s two of the study authors.






Go to RAND report — Assessing the Readiness for Human Commercial Spaceflight Safety Regulations – Charting a Trajectory from Revolutionary to Routine Travel – at:


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