Dr. George Nield

Dr. George C. Nield serves as the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA. He has over 30 years of aerospace experience with the Air Force, at NASA, and in private industry. Dr. Nield came to the FAA from the Orbital Sciences Corporation, where he served as Senior Scientist for the Advanced Programs Group. His previous assignments include working as an Astronautical Engineer at the Space and Missile Systems Organization, a Flight Test Engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center, and an Assistant Professor and Research Director at the USAF Academy. He was the Manager of the Flight Integration Office for the Space Shuttle Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and later worked on both the Shuttle/Mir Program and the International Space Station Program. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and an MBA from George Washington University. He is also a Flight Test Engineering graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. Dr. Nield is a registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Broadcast 1593 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. George Nield. Topics: FAA AST, spaceflight regulation, spaceflight vehicle licensing. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr.

Broadcast 1215 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. George Nield. Topics: personal spaceflight regulations, Office of Commercial Space Transportation within FAA, launch license. Dr. George Nield returned to The Space Show to update us on changes in space policy and regulation per the AST. For more information, visit their website at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/ . Dr. Nield told us about the many changes and developments within the FAA and AST since his last appearance on the show in the summer of 2008.

Broadcast 984 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. George Nield, Associate Administrator for the FAA Office of Commercial Spaceflight, was the guest for this program. Please note that there is audio noise on this recording coming from the hotel phone line. I apologize that a better quality connection was not available. We began our discussion with a tribute to Apollo 11 landing on the Moon given today being July 20. Dr. Nield gave us a good overview and comparison of the evolution of aviation as compared to the evolution of spaceflight. You will not want to miss this part of our discussion.

Broadcast 785 (Special Edition)

Dr. George C. Nield of the AST office was the guest for this Space Show program. We began the interview with Dr. Nield giving us an update on new developments within AST and the industry since the last time he was on the show. His report was positive and upbeat, make sure you listen to it. George also reviewed the mission of AST as mandated by congress. AST has the job of making sure there is public safety for the uninvolved public on the ground and also to license and promote space transportation.

Broadcast 358 (Special Edition)

Dr. George C. Nield, Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation FAA/AST-2, was the guest for this Space Show program. Dr. Nield began the interview by explaining the obligations of the AST, the recently signed Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act, and the way the AST views its regulatory mission and responsibility. He took listeners through the process of what is involved in getting an RLV launch license and mentioned that the AST has guideline information, a book, and a CD available to help those interested in making a license application.

Broadcast 239 (Special Edition)

Dr. George C. Nield, the Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA, was the guest on this edition of The Space Show. Dr. Nield took us through the process of obtaining a license to launch a private suborbital vehicle to space. We discussed all aspects of the process, the role of the FAA, the AST, its relationship with NASA, Congress, and most important, with the businessmen and women building the rockets and the vehicles. I asked Dr.

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