• May 21, 2022

ABD, Jeff Bezos ve Sir Richard Branson henüz astronot değil

 ABD, Jeff Bezos ve Sir Richard Branson henüz astronot değil

Pouring cold water on the dreams of several billionaire space explorers, including Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson, the United States tightened the definition of the word “astronaut.

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.

To become commercial astronauts, those who go into space must travel 50 miles (80km) above the Earth’s surface, which both Bezos and Branson have accomplished.

But altitude aside, the agency also says prospective astronauts must “conduct activities that are necessary for public safety during flight or that contribute to human space flight safety.

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.

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