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The size of the restricted area is defined in TFR (Temporary Flight Restrictions) and is announced by NOTAM (notice to airmen). An example of a NOTAM for a space shuttle launch (STS-115 Atlantis) is here - the size is 30-40 nautical miles. Some additional information can be found on NASA web as well. The reason for the size is safety of the aircraft (...


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The jurisdiction to enforce these rules is based on where 'you' the responsible party are. If you are a US citizen the FAA and others will assert their authority over you, wherever you reside. Some of this is because the US is responsible for launches (and reentries) by its citizens. Landing a nuclear device without prior permission anywhere on the planet ...


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