Finding 2.2. In addition to the need to meet NASA requirements, there is an expectation on the part of commercial crew providers and the Federal Aviation Administration that FCOD expertise and capabilities will be available in the future.

Recommendation 2.2. NASA’s Flight Crew Operations Directorate should continue to serve as a national resource for U.S. human spaceflight experience and knowledge. This resource should be

• Maintained to ensure appropriate staffing and training of the Astronaut Corps in support of the International Space Station manifest;

• Applied to the future development of NASA human spaceflight and exploration activities;

• Available to the emerging commercial space industry and the FAA; and

• Applied to support authorized agreements with international partners.

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