Feinstein, Rubio Introduce Senate Bill to Create Space National Guard

WASHINGTON (Dianne Feinstein PR) — Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) this week introduced the Space National Guard Establishment Act, a bill to create a Space National Guard. This is the Senate companion to legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) last year.

Active-duty space units in 2019 were moved out of the Air Force and placed in the new Space Force upon its establishment, but no corresponding move was made to create a Space Force National Guard component.

Today there are more than 1,000 National Guard members performing the space mission from within the Air National Guard, which creates organizational problems now that the rest of the space enterprise falls under Space Force. This bill does not expand the force, but corrects this misalignment.


2022 CSF Award Winners Announced in Recognition of Milestone Accomplishments in Commercial Space

WASHINGTON, D.C.  February 2, 2022 (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) announced today individual and organization winners of awards in recognition of milestone accomplishments in commercial space. The 2022 winners are:

  • Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO) for The Commercial Space Policy Awardrecognizes a policymaker who has made significant and lasting contributions over the past year to the advancement of commercial space policy.
  • Blue Origin New Shepard Team for The Commercial Space Pioneer Award: recognizes outstanding technical contributions over the past year that has enabled commercial access to space.
  • Elon Musk, SpaceX, for The Commercial Space Business & Finance Awardrecognizes an investor, financier, or benefactor of commercial space activities whose support has benefited the industry as a whole.
  • Jeff Foust, SpaceNews, for The Excellence in Commercial Space Journalism Awardrecognizes a member of the media who has published critical stories on commercial space, contributed to expanding public awareness of the industry, and demonstrated the highest levels of journalistic integrity.
  • The Future Space Leaders Foundation for The Patti Grace Smith STEM Awardrecognizes a student, teacher, or program who/that has demonstrated a commitment to scientific excellence and the expansion of knowledge for the next generation of commercial space pioneers.
  • Tim Hughes, SpaceX  and Clay Mowry, Voyager Space Holdings, for The James Kuzma Space Community Award: recognizes outstanding contributions to the commercial space industry through advocacy and community building.

Committee Leaders Question Biden Administration’s Efforts to Address Space Debris Issues

The scales of the space debris problem (Credit: ESA)

WASHINGTON (Senate Commerce Committee PR) – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., ranking member and chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Sens. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., ranking member and chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Science, today sent a letter requesting that Vice President Kamala Harris prioritize space debris issues in her role as chair of the National Space Council. The Senators also sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to inquire about the department’s outer space-related efforts following Russia’s destructive anti-satellite test two weeks ago.    


Colorado Congressional Delegation Asks Air Force Secretary to Suspend Move of US Space Command to Alabama

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The eight-member Colorado Congressional delegation has asked U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall to suspend all activities related to the move of the U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) from Colorado Springs to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. pending the completion of two on-going reviews.

“This move undermines our ability to respond to the threats in space and is disruptive to the current mission. Additionally, significant evidence exists that the former president’s political considerations influenced the final decision to relocate USSPACECOM to Redstone Arsenal. As such, we urge you to formally suspend any actions to relocate the USSPACECOM headquarters until the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have completed their respective investigations into the basing decision and you complete your review,” the delegation said in a Sept. 30 letter to Kendall.


Lockheed Martin Opens Commercial Space Headquarters in Denver

Commercial Space Headquarters (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
Commercial Space Headquarters (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Denver, Colo., Oct. 29, 2014  (Lockheed Martin PR) – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today celebrated a growing aerospace presence in Colorado by cutting the ribbon for the company’s Commercial Space headquarters and announcing an economic incentive program designed to bring jobs to the state.

“The aerospace technology created in Colorado – from GPS to communications and scientific exploration – improves our lives every day, and the economic incentives announced today encourage job growth in this extremely high-tech, high-value sector,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “It’s a winning proposal for the state because each job created benefits Colorado businesses and our economy.”

“Colorado has been a leader in space exploration and innovation since the founding of our industry, and it continues to be a place where space-based business thrives,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “By basing this important segment of our business in Colorado, alongside our world-class test and manufacturing facilities, we’ll be able to accelerate innovation and lower costs for commercial and government customers worldwide.”

“The consolidation into our new headquarters and the technical refresh of our workhorse A2100 satellite platform will position Lockheed Martin to be a leader in the global commercial space market for years to come,” said Mike Hamel, vice president and general manager of Commercial Space at Lockheed Martin. “Multiple A2100-based programs, including GPS-III and GOES-R, are produced here in Denver today and this site will be the center of excellence for design and production of the most capable and affordable satellites in the industry.”


Video: Colorado Governor Signs Space Tax Measure

Video Caption: Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 1178—Sales & Use Tax Exemption for Qualified Property Used in Space Flight—at the Colorado Space Coalition’s exhibit on Tuesday, May 20 at the 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, the premier gathering of the global space community. This crucial legislation will help expand aerospace industry growth in Colorado.

Colorado Governor to Sign Space Tax Exemption Measure

John Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign a measure that will provide for sales, use and storage tax exemptions for spaceflight property during the 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on May 20.

The bill defines qualified property for use in spaceflight as:

  • a space vehicle and any component thereof;
  • tangible personal property to be placed or used aboard a space vehicle, regardless of whether such personal property is to be ultimately returned to the state for subsequent use, storage, or other consumption;
  • fuel of a quality that is not adaptable for use in an ordinary motor vehicle and that is produced, sold, and used exclusively for space flight.

Spaceflight covers any vehicle that can perform suborbital, orbital and interplanetary flights. Space vehicles include orbital facilities, propulsion systems, satellites and space stations.

Colorado Governor Appoints Aerospace & Defense Industry Champion

Gov. John Hickenlooper

DENVER, Colo. (Governor Hickenlooper PR) — Gov. John Hickenlooper joined the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) on November 25, 2013 to announce that Maj. Gen. Jay H. Lindell will be Colorado’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion.

Lindell will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the state’s aerospace strategic plan and developing and implementing strategies surrounding the state’s military bases, including leading efforts surrounding all Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) activities.

“Maj. Gen. Lindell will be a great advocate and passionate voice for ensuring that the state’s various industry networks and groups within aerospace and defense are united,” Hickenlooper said. “We know his extensive experience will help align military assets in preparation of consolidation and workforce training, and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated person to lead our efforts.”


Sirangelo Appointed as Colorado’s New Chief Innovation Officer

Mark Sirangelo (Credit: SNC)
Mark Sirangelo (Credit: SNC)

Via Office of John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Aug. 29, 2013 the appointment of Mark Sirangelo, head of Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems, as the Chairman of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and as the state’s new Chief Innovation Officer. He will begin work Aug. 30.

“Mark’s experience in aerospace, a heavily innovative and important industry in Colorado, will serve him well as he leads the state’s efforts to increase our innovative competitiveness,” Hickenlooper said. “He is a well respected business executive and understands the necessity of collaboration in building this type of ecosystem. We are proud he is joining our team.”