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FAA revises criteria for commercial astronaut wings
by Jeff Foust — July 21, 2021 [SN]

Virgin Galactic's Dave Mackay, Mike Masucci and Beth Moses received their FAA astronaut wings at the 35th Space Symposium in 2019 after their SpaceShipTwo flight. Credit: Tom Kimmell

EL PASO, Texas — The Federal Aviation Administration has revised its criteria for awarding astronaut wings to those flying on commercial spacecraft, making the requirements stricter while including a significant loophole.

The FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation issued an order July 20 describing its FAA Commercial Space Astronaut Wings Program and the criteria for awarding them. The order represents the first formal update of the wings program since it was introduced in 2004.


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