Commercial Spaceflight Committee Unveiled by West Conshohocken’s ASTM International

SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California was founded in 2002 by Penn alumni and Tesla founder Elon Musk.

On October 24, over 50 government and industry officials agreed on the formation of the ASTM International committee dedicated to developing standards for commercial spaceflight.

The meeting was held during the “World Standards Week,” which took place on October 24-28, which in part looked at the updated U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015.

With over 12,000 of its standards operating globally, ASTM International works across borders, disciplines, and industries. The company helps harness the expertise of its more than 30,000 members to achieve consensus and improve performance in manufacturing and materials, products and processes, as well as systems and services.

The Committee on Commercial Spaceflight will focus on development of standards in areas such as safety of occupants of orbital and suborbital vehicles, launch and reentry vehicles and spaceports.

Its first task will be to create a standards roadmap for commercial spaceflight, as well as for the development of safety standards on human spaceflights.

“We’re thrilled to be serving as the standards development organization for such an exciting and innovative industry,” said James Thomas, president of West Conshohocken’s ASTM International. “With a strong technical foundation of consensus standards, commercial spaceflight will continue to thrive.”
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