National Space Council
When the White House announced in late March that it would retain the National Space Council, there were signs of relief throughout the space community.
Vice President Kamala Harris will put her “personal stamp” on the National Space Council as it takes on both existing and new priorities under the Biden administration.
The Biden administration’s decision to continue the National Space Council has won approval, and relief, from the space industry, who see it as the latest sign that the White House is not contemplating major changes to space policy.
The White House confirmed March 29 that the National Space Council will be renewed.
President Biden should reestablish the National Space Council. Doing so would keep space issues on the radar of our nation’s highest officials and encourage the coordination necessary to solve problems that cut across multiple federal agencies.
The White House said the National Security Council from now on will issue “national security memorandums” to replace the Trump administration’s space policy directives.
The chief executive of Virgin Orbit's sister company VOX Space called on the Biden administration to continue the National Space Council.
Space Policy Directive-7 highlights the United States’ ever growing dependence on space-based positioning, navigation and timing.
The White House released a national strategy for planetary protection Dec. 30, outlining new assessments to prevent terrestrial contamination of other worlds and vice versa.
A new National Space Council report argues that the exploration and development of space must be an integrated effort that involves not just NASA but other government agencies, as well as international and commercial partners.
The White House has updated the membership of an advisory group for the National Space Council, replacing four original members of the committee with five people, including a former member of Congress.
The National Space Council is in discussions with the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies about new orbital debris mitigation regulations after the FCC deferred a decision last month on a controversial set of measures.
The next National Space Council policy directive is likely to be on cybersecurity for space.