Today's space access systems do not employ standard systems allowing spaceports, ranges, and launch providers to interoperate in the seamless manner needed to stimulate a vibrant commercial space industry. This poses a challenge for the long term development of a commercial space transportation system. The development of a Framework for Spaceport Operations has shown that space launch sites, i.e. spaceports, consider that some of their operational activities, but not all, are similar to those of other spaceports.
Funded by the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, the Body of Knowledge for Spaceport Operations is an evolving collection of documents and information that fall within the Framework and support the development of space launch site interoperability. The information has been selected by members of the Body of Knowledge for Spaceport Operations research team, and the database is constructed and maintained by the New Mexico State University Library.
Framework for Spaceport Operations
The information in this database is organized according to the Framework for Spaceport Operations. The Framework is composed of 10 top-level categories, each with multiple subcategories. The top-level categories are:
1.0 Airfield and Launch Operations
2.0 Site Security
3.0 Emergency Response
4.0 Visitor Management
5.0 Ground and Flight Safety
6.0 Environmental Management
7.0 Mission Readiness
8.0 ITAR Requirements
9.0 International Coordination among Spaceports
11.0 Accident Threat Categories
12.0 Accident Groupings
Additionally, some of the categories have related materials attached to them. These are documents that don't necessarily belong in the Body of Knowledge, but are important for general informational purposes.
The Body of Knowledge uses subject terms from the NASA Thesaurus, which are authorized for use in indexing and material retrieval by the NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program. The Library of Congress Subject Headings and Name Authorities were used for entities or concepts not covered in the NASA Thesaurus. Terms from the NASA Thesaurus are noted with (NASA).