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Space Foundation comment on the National Space Policy

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2006) — Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Pulham issued the following statement in response to the release today of the National Space Policy: “The Space Foundation commends the President and Administration on the formulation of a comprehensive new space policy that clearly and correctly outlines why all space activities – civil, commercial, and national security – must remain a top priority for the United States: ‘In this new century, those who effectively utilize space will enjoy added prosperity and security and will hold a substantial advantage over those who do not.’ The Space Foundation strongly urges the next Congress and its relevant congressional committees, upon convening, to act upon the principles and guidelines of the National Space Policy.” Pulham also offered the following observations on issues addressed in the National Space Policy: “The call for International Cooperation with foreign nations and consortia is a very realistic and responsible approach to integrating U.S. space activity with the realities of the global economy and the resources and capabilities of other nations. We heartily concur with the administration that it is imperative for the nation to revitalize its space industrial base. As an organization dedicated to improving math and science education, the Space Foundation is particularly pleased to see that the Development of Space Professionals is identified as essential to achieving the nation’s space goals. Given the real need to understand global environmental dynamics for the protection of the planet and all life on it, we applaud the requirement to conduct Earth observation research. Especially significant are the provisions that address commercial space capabilities and require government agencies to procure and use commercial space solutions wherever practical, which will promote a healthier commercial space sector, help drive out the excessive costs of government-managed procurements, and can help agencies become more cost effective and to leverage their existing funding for better results. Finally, the guideline which appears to favor space-related exports is heartily welcome and long overdue. U.S. companies should be allowed to compete in the global marketplace and not be hampered by onerous and ineffective export controls.”