OVERVIEW OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR 
COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION 
 
Ken Davidian 
Director of Research, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Washington, DC 
Patricia Watts, Ph.D. 
Centers of Excellence Program Director, FAA Technical Center, Atlantic City, NJ 
 
Between August 2009 and September 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted a competitive selection process with the purpose of establishing a Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST). The purpose of the COE CST is to help the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) execute its dual mission through a dedicated university research program. This paper includes the following major sections (i)  an overview of the FAA COE program and the COE CST, including a description of the competitive selection process and results, (ii) an introduction to the nine  COE CST member universities and an overview of their  organizational relationship to AST, (iii) a description of  the structure of the research activity areas, and (iv) a discussion of opportunities for the participation of non-US organizations in the COE CST.  click here to read rest of paper

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