Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 2 Reforming Commercial Space Regulations

REFORMING SPACE POLICY: President Trump’s Space Policy Directive – 2 reforms America’s commercial space regulatory framework, ensuring our place as a leader in space commerce.

  • Space Policy Directive – 2 (Directive) sets executive branch policy to ensure that government regulations adopted and enforced promote economic growth; minimize uncertainty for taxpayers, investors, and private industry; protect national security, public-safety, and foreign policy interests; and encourage American leadership in space commerce.
  • Under the Directive, the Secretary of Transportation is to release a new regulatory system for managing launch and re-entry activity, targeting an industry that is undergoing incredible transformation with regulations that have failed to keep up.
    • In writing the new rules, the Secretary will consider requiring a single license for all types of commercial space flight launch and re-entry operations and replacing prescriptive requirements in the process with performance-based criteria.
    • The President is committed to ensuring that the Federal government gets out of the way and unleashes private enterprise to support the economic success of the United States.
  • The commercial remote sensing industry is a critical national asset. As such, the Directive requires the Commerce Secretary to review commercial remote sensing regulations for consistency with the Directive’s policy and address regulations that do not conform.
    • The current regulatory system is woefully out of date and needs significant reform to ensure the United States remains the chosen jurisdiction for these high tech companies.
    • President Donald J. Trump is committed to reform these systems in order to ensure American companies have every advantage in the international marketplace.
  • Within 30 days, the Commerce Secretary is directed to transmit a plan to create a “one-stop shop” within the Department of Commerce for administering and regulating commercial space flight activities.
  • Agencies are directed to present to the President a report on improving global competitiveness of United States space radio frequency spectrum policies, regulation, and activities at the International Telecommunication Union and other multilateral forums.
  • The Directive requires the National Space Council to review export licensing regulations affecting commercial space flight activity and deliver recommendations to the President within 180 days.

UPDATING AND REFOCUSING: President Trump is committed to reforming our out-of-date space policies and has already taken significant steps to refocus United States space strategy.

  • On March 23, 2018, President Trump unveiled a National Space Strategy that prioritizes American interests, ensuring a strategy that will make America strong, competitive, and great.
  • On June 30 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order reconvening the National Space council for the first time in 24 years.
    • On December 11, 2017, the President signed Space Policy Directive – 1, instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to return American astronauts to the Moon, followed by human missions to Mars.
    • Space Policy Directive – 2 is the second batch of recommendations made to the President by the National Space Council.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Yes, this reform of the regulatory system is long overdue. In the case of ITAR it has been needed since the 1990’s.

  • Eduard Stancu

    Maybe under Trump the first human trip to Mars will became reality.

  • Kenneth_Brown

    A manned trip to Mars is a grandstanding event. It would be better to return to the moon and establish a base there and, perhaps, an orbital facility that is simpler and geared more towards commercialization of technologies as well as pure science.

    There is still a lot to learn about both the hardware and wetware (humans) before a trip to Mars is certain to be useful in some way. If it wound up as a graveyard for a crew of astronauts, the PR would be very bad.

  • ThomasLMatula

    I actually the moons of Mars as the next goal. It develops the technology that will be needed for working on asteroids while providing a base for teleoperation of Martian robots in near real time. It’s a win-win all the way around.

  • duheagle

    That would require both that Trump is re-elected in 2020 and that SpaceX’s “aspirational” schedule for BFR-BFS be achieved. I would have to rate the odds of this particular Daily Double paying off as well below even money, but it’s not completely out of the question by any means.