The U.S. commercial space transportation industry continues to evolve. More launches are putting more satellites and other payloads into space, and companies are edging closer to offering space tourism.

FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) is responsible for regulating and promoting this industry. This testimony gives an update on AST's progress in adapting to industry change.

For example, AST has streamlined rules for applicants seeking launch and reentry licenses but has not yet begun to revise other regulations. AST has also taken steps to more strategically plan for future workforce needs, as we recommended in 2019.

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