Patricia (Patti) Grace Smith, a trail-blazing federal space regulator who pinned the wings on the first commercial-space astronaut, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. A longtime U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Department of Transportation official, she left her post as associate FAA administrator for commercial space transportation in 2008 after 11 years on the job. During her tenure she shepherded the rise of the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry, drafting licensing and safety ...

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