White House proposes transportation, commerce agencies handle new space regulations

By Joey Roulette

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Wednesday released a long awaited proposal to split regulatory powers over emerging private-sector space activities between the U.S. transportation and commerce departments, according to a draft legislative proposal.

The plan would expand the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of rocket launch sites on Earth to include various crewed and uncrewed activities in space, from regulating private astronaut missions to licensing commercial space stations and trips to the moon.

(Reporting by Joey Roulette)