According to the BBC’s report, the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules say that astronaut candidates must be part of the flight crew and contribute to space flight safety.
This means that Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson may not yet be astronauts in the eyes of the US government.
These are the first changes since the FAA wing program began in 2004.
Commercial Astronaut Wings program updates were announced Tuesday—the same day Amazon’s Bezos flew to the edge of space on a Blue Origin rocket.
What exactly counts is determined by FAA officials.
The FAA said in a statement that these changes bring the wing scheme more in line with its role in protecting public safety during commercial space flights.