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FAA says it will no longer provide commercial astronaut wings

Warning, future astronauts: The Federal Aviation Administration won’t be giving away any more commercial astronaut wings after this year. The news comes a day before Blue Origin is scheduled to take off from West Texas with former NFL player and TV celebrity Michael Strahan. He and his five fellow passengers are still eligible for the wing because the FAA won’t end its long-running program until January 1. NASA astronauts have nothing to worry about, either. about going – they will still get their legs from space According to the FAA, all 15 people who flew into space for the first time this year on private American flights will be awarded their wings. That includes Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic, as well as other space newcomers who have accompanied them on their brief ascent and descent. Companies have released their own versions of astronaut wings after the flights. All four passengers on SpaceX’s first private flight into orbit last September are also eligible for FAA wings. Blue Origin’s next six crew additions will bring the list to 30. The FAA’s first commercial wing recipient was in 2004. Give it a ride. However, when the program ended, the decision was made to be all-inclusive, a spokeswoman said. To qualify, they must fly at least 50 miles in an FAA-approved launch. “The US commercial spaceflight industry has come a long way from conducting test flights to sending paying customers into space,” said FAA deputy administrator Wayne Monteith. know in a report. “Now is the time to recognize a larger group of explorers who dare to go into space.” ___ The Associated Press Department of Science and Health receives support from the Science Education Department of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. AP is solely responsible for all content.

Warning, future astronauts: No more commercial astronaut wings will be awarded from the Federal Aviation Administration after this year.

The FAA said Friday that it is trimming its astronaut wings because so many people are currently launching into space and it’s completely exiting the business of appointing astronauts.

The news comes a day before Blue Origin is scheduled to take off from West Texas with former NFL player and TV celebrity Michael Strahan. He and five other passengers will still be eligible for the wings because the FAA won’t end its long-running program until January 1.

NASA astronauts also have nothing to worry about going forward – they will still receive their pins from the space agency.

All 15 people who flew into space for the first time this year on private US flights will be given their wings, according to the FAA. That includes Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic, as well as other space newcomers who have accompanied them on their brief ascent and descent. Companies have released their own versions of astronaut wings after the flights.

All four passengers on SpaceX’s first private flight into orbit last September are also eligible to fly the FAA wings.

The addition of six additional Blue Origin crews will bring the list to 30. The FAA’s first commercial wing recipient was in 2004.

Earlier this year, the FAA tightened its qualifications, stipulating that awardees must be trained crew members, rather than paying customers for rides. But with the end of the show, the decision was made to be all-inclusive, a spokesperson said.

Future space tourists will be added to the FAA’s list of commercial spaceflights. To qualify, they must fly at least 50 miles in an FAA-approved launch.

“The U.S. commercial spaceflight industry has come a long way from conducting test flights to sending paying customers into space,” said Wayne Monteith, FAA vice president of operations. know in a statement. “Now is the time to recognize a larger group of explorers who dare to go into space.”

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The Associated Press Health and Science Division receives support from the Howard Hughes Health Institute’s Science Education Department. AP is solely responsible for all content.

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