Forget about fears of foam insulation knocking tiles off the shuttle launcher, the FAA has laid down some new rules for space tourism which directly address the most over-hyped threat to space vehicles in history: terrorist hijackers. From the BBC Science report:
It has recommended security checks similar to those for airline passengers.
The FAA also suggests space tourism companies check the global “no-fly” list, from the US Homeland Security Department, to exclude potential terrorists.
Because apparently the nefarious astro Qaida has been meticulously planning to attack us from orbit with their secret space lasers (holding the world ransom for one meellion dollars, no doubt). Boogedy boogedy!
Previously: Space: The Final Regulatory Frontier