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E'Prime Aerospace Receives Launch Site Policy Review Approval

by Staff Writers
Falls Church VA (SPX) Nov 06, 2007
E'Prime Aerospace announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA/AST) has completed the interagency portion of the policy review for E'Prime's launch site license application A-07-EPA-121. Furthermore, the Departments of Defense, and State, and NASA cited no issues, including START Treaty compliance, associated with E'Prime's proposed canister launch program that would adversely impact U.S. National Security or Foreign Policy interests.

This determination finally removes all restrictions imposed by the START Treaty based on design parameters to be used in the manufacture of E'Prime's largest motor designated the ESM-9 which was previously prohibited from use by the START Treaty.

E'Prime began discussions, regarding 'START I: Annex J to the MOU,' with the Air Force Compliance Review Group (CRG) in March 2007. After completing six months of meetings and preparation of significant documentation, E'Prime entered the licensing process in August 2007 in which the 'Policy Review' was submitted in accordance to the requirements described in 14 CFR Part 420.15(a)(3). That documentation was reviewed by DoD Treaty Compliance Review Group, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of State and FAA/AST resulting in policy approval.

"The FAA reviews a launch site license application to determine whether it presents any issues affecting U.S. national security or foreign policy interests, or international obligations of the United States. A major element of the policy review is the interagency review of the proposal. An interagency review allows Government agencies to examine the proposed operation from their unique perspectives. The FAA consults with the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and other federal agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that are authorized to address national security, foreign policy, or international obligation issues."

"After a great deal of effort working with the various responsible agencies, we are pleased with the outcome of the FAA/AST 'Policy Review.' As a result of the recent interplay, E'Prime is now positively engaged with the Air Force and intends to develop, in cooperation, a cost effective launch program that will be fully responsive to the AF needs while simultaneously satisfying the commercial marketplace's need for an affordable, safe, and accurate launch program," stated Darron C. Purifoy, VP Operations and Government Affairs (Washington DC).

"With our successful completion of the Policy Review Process, we can continue the licensing process and are now better able to obtain the funding necessary to fuel the development of the E'Prime Expendable Launch Vehicle Program," stated E'Prime President, James D. Oldham III.

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