Gov't, Private Space Industries Becoming More Intertwined

By Dietrich Knauth (August 7, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT) -- U.S. funding and support for commercial space companies, often with the goal of graduating those companies into more typical government contracts, have increasingly blurred divisions between commercial and public projects in the space industry, a panel of attorneys at the American Bar Association's annual public meeting said Thursday.

The panel in Boston noted that the mixing of Space Act agreements with more typical contracts governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation has created more opportunities for the growing space industry, while also creating new regulatory challenges for the agencies involved in regulating space launches.

"What you're seeing here, with FAR contracts and...

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