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-PSAS is pursuing technologies that may fall under various regulations. Here's our collective research into the regulatory domains of building and launching an orbital vehicle.
+# Regulations
-Amateur Rocketry Regulations
-----------------------------
+PSAS is pursuing technologies that may fall under various regulations. In fact a very common question we get is "is this legal?" Here's our collective research into the regulatory domains of building and launching rockets.
+[[!toc levels=3]]
-- See TRA and NAR regulations.
+## Amateur Rocketry Regulations
-FAA Regulations
----------------
+Our recent launches have all been low altitude (less than 100,000 feet. In fact, a lot less) and with a "small" rocket. With the exception of roll control it's unguided and simple. Lots of people launch simple rockets all around the world all the time. It is considered a safe fun hobby. There are no laws against the building or possession of simple rockets in the US, however there are two organizations that have stepped in and become *de facto* rule making bodies for rocketry. They are the Tripoli Rocket Association (TRA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).
+The way they regulate is through agreements with motor vendors (good luck buying a high power rocket motor in this country without their approval) and sponsored launches. TRA and NAR rules are more or less interchangeable and both organizations respect certification from the other. In other words if TRA says you can launch, then NAR will let you launch too.
+
+### High Powered Rockets
+
+Rockets that have a total installed impulse of 320 **N&middot;s** or a single engine larger than 160 **N&middot;s** are considered "High Powered Rockets" (HPR). PSAS rockets are high power rockets.
+
+### Launch
+
+We have been launching at TRA events, which means we are bound to their rules. They have a general safety code here:
+http://www.tripoli.org/Launches/Safety/HighPowerSafetyCode/tabid/185/Default.aspx
+
+And range guidelines here:
+http://www.tripoli.org/Launches/Safety/RSOGuidelines/tabid/184/Default.aspx
+
+And many more legal links here:
+http://www.tripoli.org/News/LegalRegulatory/tabid/110/Default.aspx
+
+
+## FAA Regulations
- See Amateur Rocketry Regulations
-BATFE Regulations
------------------
+
+## BATFE Regulations
- Doesn't touch us as far as we know, except for electric igniters.
-ITAR Regulations
-----------------
+## ITAR Regulations
David Madden of [Mersenne Law LLC ](http://www.mersenne.com/) has donated some pro-bono time to help us figure out how our open source technologies might fall under the [International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITAR). Thank you David!