Trump to Appoint Scott Pace to Head Up National Space Council

Scott Pace (Credit: GWU)

President Donald Trump has announced his intent to appoint Scott Pace as the executive secretary of the newly revived National Space Council.

Pace is director of the Space Policy Institute and professor of the Practice of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The National Space Council has been revived after a 24-year sabbatical. Vice President Mike Pence will oversee the operation of the council, which is designed to coordinate space activities across the government.

Here is Pace’s GW biography:

Dr. Pace currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). From 2005-2008, Dr. Pace served as the Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA. Prior to NASA, he was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). From 1993-2000, Dr. Pace worked for the RAND Corporation’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI). From 1990 to 1993, he was Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Space Commerce, in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce. Dr. Pace received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1980; Masters degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982; and a Doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in 1989.

Dr. Pace received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2008, the US Department of State’s Group Superior Honor Award, GPS Interagency Team, in 2005, and the NASA Group Achievement Award, Columbia Accident Rapid Reaction Team, in 2004. He has been a member of the US Delegation to the World Radiocommunication Conferences in 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007. He was also a member of the US Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications Working Group, 1997-2000. More recently, he has served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2009, and 2011-15. Dr. Pace has been a member of the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) since 2012. Dr. Pace is a former member of the Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association, a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society.

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  • Charles Lurio

    Another drag on progress forward with his Old Space sympathies

  • I wonder who will have more real world influence on space policy: Pace or the NASA administrator?

  • ajp

    That shade tho.

  • windbourne

    good only if you like seeing us throw billions at a white elephant.
    Not good if you want to go to the moon or mars.

    Of course, this may stimulate the commercial to really chase other govs who are interested in actually going to space and not just throwing away money.

  • duheagle

    Perhaps Mr. Pace will be pro-SLS right up until the thing dies of natural causes. An on-the-pad explosion of EFT-1 in 2022 due to dodgy tank welds would certainly do the trick. But failing anything so spectacular as that, SLS’s expiration from sheer unaffordability and totally expendable ridiculousness after Falcon Heavy and New Glenn are both flying is something I regard as inevitable. Perhaps even before it actually flies. That is something Mr. Pace, even in his new job, doesn’t really have any significant power to prevent. As SLS may well die during Trump’s presidency while Mr. Pace is still in his new position it will be interesting to see whether or not he is dry-eyed at the funeral.

  • publiusr

    That’s the thing–Musk is now poor-mouthing his own Falcon Heavy.

    Even if that happens–the proper response is to learn from failure–not kill the rocket. The folks at MAF deserve the same consideration.