"It is too early for international safety standards on human space flight. Too early for an 'International Civil Aviation Organisation for space.' We recommend bringing the international issues into the United Nations process," says the FAA's John Sloan.
The FAA views this international approach as a basis for suborbital point-to-point transport, while the ICAO for space proposal it rejects would see a new commercial spaceflight department for the aviation regulatory body, according to Flight International.
Suborbital point-to-point spaceflight has a growing constituency (including the Virginia Legislature) within the United States and around the world.