A draft summary of the European Commission’s space policy raises the issue of retooling Europe’s Galileo navigation and Copernicus Earth observation programs to make them more attractive to Europe’s military forces and whether Europe’s spaceport in South America should receive commission financing.
Nearly two months after introducing a comprehensive space policy bill, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) says he’s made good progress getting provisions of that bill included into defense authorization and other legislation.
A coalition of space organizations released a white paper for presidential and other candidates March 4 calling for stability and continuity in space policy.
A draft version of a comprehensive space policy bill seeks to make changes to management and regulation of space activities at NASA, the Defense Department, and other federal agencies while pushing the government to rely more on commercial capabilities.
Presidential leadership is needed to form a space policy which will help achieve goals of landing crews on Mars starting in the 2030s. What should be made clear, however, is that the next president will not need to completely reinvent our national space policy.