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SIA, AIAA Respond to National Space Council Meeting

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 6, 2021
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Satellite Industry Association Applauds Inaugural Meeting of National Space Council Chaired by Vice President Harris

Washington, D.C. – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today applauded the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council chaired by United States Vice President Kamala Harris that took place at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, the White House issued a copy of the executive order authorizing the National Space Council and set forth the Council’s membership, duties and responsibilities. It also released a document titled, “United States Space Priorities Framework” which outlines the Administration’s plans to, “develop and implement national space policy and strategy going forward.”

“The Satellite Industry Association is encouraged by the emphasis of the National Space Council on space sustainability and the interagency support on the mitigation of orbital debris, an area of critical importance to the safe operation of all spacecraft including commercial satellites and the provision of vital services such as GPS, broadband, satellite TV, and remote sensing worldwide,” said Tom Stroup, president of SIA. The Association is also pleased to see the inclusion of additional members of the National Space Council who represent downstream users of space data for decision-making and sustainability and the promotion of the space workforce. The accessibility of space data and space jobs, as well as emphasizing the importance of STEM education, will be critical to tackling the most difficult challenges of the 21st century.”

Earlier this year, SIA applauded plans by the Administration of U.S. President Joseph Biden to keep the National Space Council which is tasked to advise and assist the President regarding national space policy and strategy. The Council was originally established by Executive Order in 1989 and was revived in 2017.

AIAA Statement on Biden Administration’s First National Space Council Meeting

RESTON, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement on the Biden Administration’s inaugural meeting of the National Space Council:

“As the world’s largest aerospace technical society representing 30,000 aerospace professionals, AIAA appreciates the Biden Administration’s commitment to maintaining a White House-level focus on space policy through the National Space Council. Yesterday’s meeting brought together senior administration officials, including five new members, which was a welcome sight. Vice President Harris discussed the Administration’s space policy framework and council members offered insights into their agencies efforts to promote rules and norms governing space, address the climate crisis, and build our STEM workforce. The global ASCEND community affirmed these important topics during its annual gathering last month in Las Vegas.

AIAA strongly supports the Administration’s whole of government approach to tackle the priorities addressed today. The United States must lead in gathering the international community to establish best practices, standards, and norms of behavior for both governmental and commercial space activities. Domestically, Congress must codify Space Policy Directive-3 and provide the necessary resources to the Office of Space Commerce in the Department of Commerce to tackle the important issue of space traffic management. It is essential that we harness the space sector’s capabilities to continue to help solve the climate crisis, fuel our nation’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness, and build the diverse 21st-century education system and workforce. We look forward to working with the vice president, the National Space Council members, and the Users’ Advisory Group to meet these challenges and achieve our common goals.”

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