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DOT - 682 - Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameCommercial Space Transportation Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Transportation
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number682
Original Establishment Date2/22/1984Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarter...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*approx. 20
Current Charter Date6/26/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter6/26/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*James
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hatt
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*agency decision memorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 267-4156
Effective Date Of Authority*2/24/1984Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*james.a.hatt@faa.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*COMSTAC makes recommendations to DOT and the FAA Administrator regarding proposed federal policy, business and economic issues and other specific concerns affecting the U.S. commercial space transportation industry.
How is membership balanced?*The committee members represent a wide range of industry viewpoints. Members include representatives from commercial space launch service providers (companies that conduct FAA-licensed launches); commercial spaceport operators (companies/organizations that manage and operate non-Federal launch sites); space launch vehicle and satellite manufacturers; launch insurers; and satellite users; and lawyers, investors, and economists working on commercial space issues. Membership also includes a special government employee expert from academia (i.e., space studies). Members have a range of space policy expertise and volunteer/are associated with a number of space advocacy organizations. To ensure that the recommendations of the committee have taken into account the needs of diverse groups served by the FAA, membership includes, to the extent practicable, individuals and/or organizations representing minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee typically holds an in-person, public meeting twice a year: once in the Fall and once in the Spring (although in FY19 it only met once due to a delay in charter renewal and membership turnover activities). Since COVID19 shutdowns began in March 2020, the June and Sept 2020 meetings have been "virtual" using an online webinar service. Working groups meet as needed, usually via teleconference, to work on reports and recommendations back to the full committee. Maintenance of the committee is a vital component to the success of the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Committee recommendations and input also represent important assistance to the FAA in carrying out the Administration's national space policy.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Members constitute the primary source of information and industry expertise because the members are the key decision makers, launch technology experts, and users of space launch technology throughout the US and the world. The committee is the most appropriate, efficient, and cost-effective way for FAA to obtain information and effective advice in such a dynamic business and policy environment.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksCOMSTAC has provided information, advice, and recommendations to the Department of Transportation and the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on U. S. commercial space transportation industry issues since 1984. The economic, technical, and institutional expertise provided by COMSTAC members has been invaluable to our work in developing effective regulations that ensure safety during commercial launch operations and policies that support international competitiveness for the industry. The Committee utilizes working groups, which provide information, reports, and recommendations to the full Committee for adoption. The Committee may also establish ad hoc working groups or special task groups to address specific short-term issues and/or current issues.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*7Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince 1984, COMSTAC has typically made 12 recommendations per year to the FAA. COMSTAC made 7 recommendations to the FAA at the Sept 2020 committee meeting.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*42.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentExact implementation records going back to 1984 are not available. However, in 2020, FAA accepted 3 of 7 recommendations and requested additional information from industry on the remaining 4 recommendations.

See finalized 2020 industry recommendations here: https://www.faa.gov/space/additional_information/comstac/media/Sept_2020_AST_DFO_Response_to_COMSTAC.pdf
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*58.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn 2020 FAA acknowledged 4 of 7 recommendations and requested additional information.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided primarily through observations, findings and recommendations from the Committee to FAA. FAA then responds to the Committee on how it will implement the recommendations of the Committee.Narrative Description*The committee has consistently supported the mission of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration in maximizing safety during commercial launch and reentry operations as well as operations of commercial (i.e. non-Federal) launch sites.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$60,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$60,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$60,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$60,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksThe only cost related to operating COMSTAC in FY20 was federal staff time, which is 1/2 of an FTE.Est Cost RemarksThe only projected cost for operating COMSTAC in FY21 will be staff time, which is 1/2 of an FTE.
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Applied Science
Engineering
Mathematics
Aviation
Air Traffic
Basic Science
Materials Research
Business
Industry
Computer Technology
Technology
Environment
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Finance
Finance
International
International Law
International Organizations
Legislation
Regulations
Rulemaking
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Research
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Innovation
Science and Technology
Space
Space and Aeronautics
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - SUBCOMMITTEES

SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032489Infrastructure2020
 COM-032491Infrastructure & Innovation2020
 COM-032490Legal & Regulatory2020
 COM-032488Safety2020
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035517Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032959Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001447Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002533Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003617Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004730Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005886Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006858Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007829Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009010Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010093Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010928Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011771Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012779Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013807Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014862Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015551Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016774Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017376Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018817Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019642Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020520Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021573Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee1997