FAA Moves To ‘Covariance’ To Assess Launch Collision Risk

Current launch and re-entry collision-avoidance standoff distances.
Credit: FAA

The FAA’s plan to amend the collision-avoidance methodology it uses in licensing commercial space launches will support safer operations with more flexible launch windows as space at low Earth orbit (LEO) becomes increasingly congested, the agency says. In a new Part 450 regulation for Streamlined...

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