Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST)

Research and DevelopmentMember since 2008

The Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) was established in 1984 as part of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation within the Department of Transportation (DOT). In November 1995, AST was transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the FAA’s only space-related line of business. AST was established to:

  • Regulate the U.S. commercial space transportation industry, to ensure compliance with international obligations of the United States of America, and to protect the public health and safety, safety of property, and national security and foreign policy interests of the United States of America,

  • Encourage, facilitate, and promote commercial space launches and reentries by the private sector,

  • Recommend appropriate changes in Federal statutes, treaties, regulations, policies, plans, and procedures, and

  • Facilitate the strengthening and expansion of the United States of America space transportation infrastructure.

  • 800 Independance Avenue, SW, Suite #335
    20591 Washington DC
    United States
  • 001 202 267- 3674
  • http://ast.faa.gov