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Congressional Leadership Changes and Implications for the Space Industry

November 1, 2022

HONORING THE 117TH CONGRESS The midterm election cycle is at its height. Within a few weeks, the space community will know the makeup of the 118th Congress, where the power will lie, and who will likely lead committees in Washington D.C. First, a moment to honor lawmakers who have passed away during the 117th Congress…

Space Policy 2022, an Introspective

June 1, 2022

What do a human exploration program, a military branch, and a federal regulatory body have in common? Each of these entities contributed significantly to the development of space policy and U.S. space strategy in the past year and continue to be major contributors in 2022. This paper provides an overview and analysis of three significant…

U.S. Satellite Servicing Policy

June 16, 2020

On-orbit satellite servicing is a complex topic that intersects many policy areas, such as space traffic management, space situational awareness, debris management, and the development of international standards and norms. This paper is an initial overview and reference point to on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing. The paper covers the legislative history, regulatory environment, the main…

Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space

March 3, 2016

The space environment is a unique and critically important domain for our nation’s vital interests. With innovative platforms and satellite systems, space is an economic sphere and a high ground used for purposes of observation, communication, command and control, and positioning, navigation, and timing. The microgravity environment of space is critical for important research and…

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing: “ISS and Beyond: The Present and Future of American Low-Earth Orbit Activities” 

February 23, 2024

U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology    Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Hearing    “ISS and Beyond: The Present and Future of American Low-Earth Orbit Activities”   Wednesday, February 14, 2024   Watch the Hearing   Introduction   The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing entitled “ISS and Beyond:…

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing: Returning to the Moon: Keeping Artemis on Track”

January 17, 2024

U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology   Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics “Returning to the Moon: Keeping Artemis on Track”   Wednesday, January 17, 2024  Watch the Hearing  Introduction The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing entitled “Returning to the Moon: Keeping Artemis on Track”…

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Hearing: Government Promotion of Safety and Innovation in the New Space Economy

December 13, 2023

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee of Space and Science “Government Promotion of Safety and Innovation in the New Space Economy” Wednesday, December 13, 2023 Watch the Hearing Introduction The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Space and Science held a hearing entitled “Government Promotion of Safety and…

House Committee on Natural Resources Hearing: The Mineral Supply Chain and the New Space Race

December 12, 2023

U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee “The Mineral Supply Chain and the New Space Race” Tuesday, December 12, 2023 Watch the Hearing Introduction The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ (CNR) Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “The Mineral Supply Chain and the New Space Race” on Tuesday,…

2019 Space Policy Summary

June 16, 2020

The Space Policy Review is a summary of the key space policy activities, legislation, and funding during the past year. This document is a new initiative, intended to provide a snapshot of key issues within space policy that are of significant consequence across the space community.  This document serves as a tool for recent policy decisions as…