Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations; Technical Amendment, 59440 [2016-20815]

Download as PDF 59440 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 30, 2016 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 431 [Docket No. FAA–1999–5535; Amdt. No. 431–5] RIN 2120–AG71 Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations; Technical Amendment Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment. AGENCY: The FAA is publishing this action to correct minor, editorial errors in chapter III, part 431. The errors occurred in the Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations final rule, published in the Federal Register on September 19, 2000. That final rule amended commercial space transportation regulations for the launch and reentry of reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) to establish operational requirements for launches of RLVs and to implement the FAA’s reentry licensing authority by prescribing requirements for obtaining a license to launch and reenter an RLV, to reenter a reentry vehicle, and to operate a reentry site. In that final rule, the FAA inadvertently made minor errors, which this technical amendment corrects. DATES: Effective August 30, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions concerning this action contact Stewart Jackson, Regulations and Analysis Division, AST–300, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267–7903; email stewart.jackson@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: Good Cause for Immediate Adoption Without Prior Notice Section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.) authorizes agencies to dispense with notice and comment procedures for rules when the agency for ‘‘good cause’’ finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under this section, an agency, upon finding good cause, may issue a final rule without seeking comment prior to the rulemaking. Section 553(d)(3) of the Administrative Procedure Act requires VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Aug 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 that agencies publish a rule not less than 30 days before its effective date, except as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. This document corrects errors in 14 CFR 431.79. These corrections will not impose any additional restrictions on the persons affected by these regulations. Furthermore, any additional delay in making the regulations correct would be contrary to the public interest. Accordingly, the FAA finds that (i) public comment on these standards prior to promulgation is unnecessary, and (ii) good cause exists to make this rule effective in less than 30 days. Background On September 19, 2000, the FAA published the ‘‘Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing Regulations; Final Rule’’ (65 FR 56618). The final rule amended commercial space transportation regulations governing the launch and reentry of reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) to establish operational requirements for launches of RLVs and to implement the FAA’s reentry licensing authority by prescribing requirements for obtaining a license to launch and reenter an RLV, to reenter a reentry vehicle, and to operate a reentry site. Licensing rules are necessary to respond to advancements in the development of commercial RLV and reentry capability. The action was necessary to fulfill the FAA’s safety mandate by limiting risk to the public from RLV and reentry operations. The final rule contains a more complete discussion of the rule and the events leading up to it. Technical Amendment The technical amendment makes the following correction: (1) In § 431.79(a)(3), the duplicate text ‘‘federal’’ is removed and the phrase ‘‘for at’’ is changed to ‘‘from’’. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 431 Aviation safety, Environmental protection, Investigations, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Space transportation and exploration. The Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends chapter III of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 431—LAUNCH AND REENTRY OF A REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE (RLV) 1. The authority citation of part 431 continues to read as follows: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Authority: 51 U.S.C. 50901–50923. § 431.79 [Amended] 2. Amend § 431.79(a)(3) by removing the duplicate text ‘‘federal’’ and by removing the phrase ‘‘for at’’ and adding in its place ‘‘from’’. ■ Issued in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2016. Dale Bouffiou, Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2016–20815 Filed 8–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION 22 CFR Part 1306 [MCC FR 16–03] Collection of Debts Millennium Challenge Corporation. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The purpose of these regulations is to implement statutes which authorize the collection of debts owed to the Federal government, by persons, organizations, or entities including by salary offset, administrative offset, or tax refund offset. Generally, however, a debt may not be collected by such means if it has been outstanding for more than ten years after the agency’s right to collect the debt first accrued. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 431

[Docket No. FAA-1999-5535; Amdt. No. 431-5]
RIN 2120-AG71


Commercial Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and 
Reentry Licensing Regulations; Technical Amendment

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is publishing this action to correct minor, editorial 
errors in chapter III, part 431. The errors occurred in the Commercial 
Space Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing 
Regulations final rule, published in the Federal Register on September 
19, 2000. That final rule amended commercial space transportation 
regulations for the launch and reentry of reusable launch vehicles 
(RLVs) to establish operational requirements for launches of RLVs and 
to implement the FAA's reentry licensing authority by prescribing 
requirements for obtaining a license to launch and reenter an RLV, to 
reenter a reentry vehicle, and to operate a reentry site. In that final 
rule, the FAA inadvertently made minor errors, which this technical 
amendment corrects.

DATES: Effective August 30, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions concerning this action 
contact Stewart Jackson, Regulations and Analysis Division, AST-300, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-7903; email 
stewart.jackson@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Good Cause for Immediate Adoption Without Prior Notice

    Section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 
U.S.C. 551 et seq.) authorizes agencies to dispense with notice and 
comment procedures for rules when the agency for ``good cause'' finds 
that those procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to 
the public interest.'' Under this section, an agency, upon finding good 
cause, may issue a final rule without seeking comment prior to the 
rulemaking.
    Section 553(d)(3) of the Administrative Procedure Act requires that 
agencies publish a rule not less than 30 days before its effective 
date, except as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found 
and published with the rule.
    This document corrects errors in 14 CFR 431.79. These corrections 
will not impose any additional restrictions on the persons affected by 
these regulations. Furthermore, any additional delay in making the 
regulations correct would be contrary to the public interest. 
Accordingly, the FAA finds that (i) public comment on these standards 
prior to promulgation is unnecessary, and (ii) good cause exists to 
make this rule effective in less than 30 days.

Background

    On September 19, 2000, the FAA published the ``Commercial Space 
Transportation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Reentry Licensing 
Regulations; Final Rule'' (65 FR 56618). The final rule amended 
commercial space transportation regulations governing the launch and 
reentry of reusable launch vehicles (RLVs) to establish operational 
requirements for launches of RLVs and to implement the FAA's reentry 
licensing authority by prescribing requirements for obtaining a license 
to launch and reenter an RLV, to reenter a reentry vehicle, and to 
operate a reentry site. Licensing rules are necessary to respond to 
advancements in the development of commercial RLV and reentry 
capability. The action was necessary to fulfill the FAA's safety 
mandate by limiting risk to the public from RLV and reentry operations.
    The final rule contains a more complete discussion of the rule and 
the events leading up to it.

Technical Amendment

    The technical amendment makes the following correction:
    (1) In Sec.  431.79(a)(3), the duplicate text ``federal'' is 
removed and the phrase ``for at'' is changed to ``from''.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 431

    Aviation safety, Environmental protection, Investigations, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Space transportation and 
exploration.

The Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends chapter III of title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations as follows:

PART 431--LAUNCH AND REENTRY OF A REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE (RLV)

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1. The authority citation of part 431 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 51 U.S.C. 50901-50923.


Sec.  431.79  [Amended]

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2. Amend Sec.  431.79(a)(3) by removing the duplicate text ``federal'' 
and by removing the phrase ``for at'' and adding in its place ``from''.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2016.
Dale Bouffiou,
Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2016-20815 Filed 8-29-16; 8:45 am]
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