Mineta to Address Space Execs
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will address the FAAís Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) this morning. Mineta is expected to discuss the departmentís interest in the internationally competitive private commercial launch industry. FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation Patricia G. Smith will also address the committee. The COMSTAC panel, responsible for the regulation and licensing of U.S. citizens and companies involved with commercial space vehicles, launches and launch sites, is made up of senior executives from the private space industry, including entrepreneurial firms, large aerospace companies, the satellite industry, space-related state government offices, academia and space advocacy organizations. The group was originally established in 1984 as the DOTís Office of Commercial Space Transportation but was later transferred to the FAA in 1995. The group will surely make the news again, as it examines the various projects involved with the X-Prize contest .