Space tourists to get limited protection

2018-01-25 01:00:07

THE European Aviation Safety Agency is developing safety rules for civilian space flight – but they will only apply while craft are in the Earth’s atmosphere. With Sweden already building a spaceport from which Virgin Galactic may offer flights into the aurora borealis, EASA has decided to act. “Both [Virgin’s] carrier aircraft and the rocket-powered aeroplane/glider would meet the definition of an aircraft, and therefore fall under EASA’s scope,” says a spokesman. But the agency admits it cannot legislate for flights beyond the atmosphere: “EASA has no competency nor mandate for outer space,