Tag Archives: National Space Council

Sen. Roger Wicker: President Biden Must Revive National Space Council

Sen. Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has said the nation must take a “whole-of-government approach” and relaunch the National Space Council (NSC) to drive the discussion on the space domain while eliminating bureaucracy. The council must also have a diverse set of experts to reflect space policy's implications on commercial, military and civil customers, he noted.

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NASA Appoints Leaders to Senior Agency Positions

NASA Senior Agency

NASA has appointed new leadership to senior agency positions. Of the appointments, Bhavya Lal will serve as acting chief of staff. Lal will also be the senior advisor for budget and finance at NASA. Lal has deep experience in engineering and space technology, previously serving as a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses and Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) before joining the agency. 

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White House Issues National Strategy for Planetary Protection

White House

The White House National Space Council has released a new strategy that seeks to protect the Earth and other planetary bodies from biological contamination associated with space exploration activities and ensure safe and sustainable commercialization and exploration of space. For the first objective, the government should come up with a forward contamination framework and risk-informed decision-making implementation strategies. 

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Commercialization, Partnerships Key to Driving US Space Leadership

Wilbur Ross

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he is pleased with current efforts to drive commercial activities and strengthen the U.S. space industry as part of the Trump administration’s National Space Policy. He noted that with the Trump administration’s creation of the U.S. Space Force, investments in the space sector will be encouraged to continue.

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NASA Unveils Members of ‘Artemis Team’; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA has named the 18 astronauts that will serve as part of a team responsible for helping the agency prepare for Artemis deep-space missions including the planned moon landing in 2024. Vice President Mike Pence unveiled the Artemis Team members during this year’s National Space Council meeting at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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John Ratcliffe on Space Force Becoming Part of US Intelligence Community

John Ratcliffe

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe said the U.S. intelligence community will soon integrate the U.S. Space Force as the 18th member. Ratcliffe made the announcement Wednesday during a National Space Council meeting at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Ratcliffe said his office and the Space Force plan to establish a national space intelligence center. 

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NSC’s Scott Pace on Point-to-Point Suborbital Spaceflight

Scott Pace

Scott Pace, executive secretary of the National Space Council, said he still sees the market for point-to-point, high-speed suborbital spaceflight as “somewhat over the horizon,” SpaceNews reported Tuesday. Pace provided updates on space policy directives and reaffirmed the administration’s support for the commercial space sector.

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National Space Council Addresses FCC’s Proposed Orbital Debris Policy; Scott Pace Quoted

Scott Pace

The National Space Council, an office handling space-related policy, is talking with various agencies on policy to mitigate orbital debris, Space News reported Thursday. This engagement responds to the Federal Communications Commission's proposal of requirements that include large fees satellite operators would have to pay for potential damages and failure to appropriately dispose of decommissioned satellites.

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NASA Presents Segmented Approach for Artemis Program


NASA has proposed an outline on how to approach the progressive phases of the Artemis program, an effort to revive manned space exploration. The space agency said Friday delivered a plan that lists requirements for lunar exploration and the progressive phases that would lead astronauts to Mars.

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