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 ...


"Pioneering Commercial Space Advocate Patricia Smith Dies" is part of Aviation Week & Space Technology’s subscription package. 

Subscribe now to read this full article. And by subscribing, you'll also receive full coverage of what's next in technology from the experts trusted by the global aerospace & defense community. 


Already registered? here.