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ASTM International to Host Organisational Meeting on Potential Commercial Spaceflight Standards

27 September 2016

With support from industry and government leaders, ASTM International will host an organisational meeting to potentially create a new technical committee that develops voluntary consensus standards for commercial spaceflight.  

According to ASTM, this meeting comes in part as a result of the updated US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 (SPACE Act).  The US Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) Standards Working Group is recommending the organisation of the new group.

The no-fee meeting is Monday, 24 October 2016, at 1 pm EST at RTCA in, Washington DC, US. Industry stakeholders and others interested in charting a path towards standardisation for commercial spaceflight are welcome to attend.

ASTM says that consensus standards from organisations like itself are known to enhance safety and efficiency in aerospace. New standards could support the growing number of people and entities who design, manufacture, and operate commercial space vehicles for both human and unmanned flights. Human spaceflight occupant safety will be an area of immediate focus, according to those who have expressed initial interest.

The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • bring an array of industry experts together;
  • identify specific standards needs;
  • determine if ASTM International should formally launch a new activity; and, if so,
  • develop and approve title, scope, and structure of a new technical committee.

The meeting will include an overview of ASTM International, background on industry and government interest in standards development, and a review of initial areas to be considered. For more information and to register visit www.astm.org/JOIN, or contact Christine DeJong at +1 610 832 9736 or cdejong@astm.org.

DeJong, Director of Business Development, notes that ASTM International stands ready to accommodate this new effort. With nearly 150 committees and more than 12,000 standards in its portfolio, ASTM International is one of the world’s largest developers of globally recognised standards and related products and services. It provides a management system to develop standards for materials, products, systems, and services across many industries.  

ASTM International meets the World Trade Organisation (WTO) principles for developing international standards, and ASTM standards are used globally in research and development, product testing, quality systems, commercial transactions, and more.

To learn more about the ASTM International process, visit www.astm.org/ABOUT/full_overview.





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