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A TIME FOR SPACE LEADERSHIP

Breakthrough space technologies have improved the human condition and transformed nearly every aspect of our lives.  These benefits can be directly tied to the leadership of the United States of America in exploring and commercializing space.

Unfortunately, continued socioeconomic growth from space technology maturation and increased space access is no longer assured. Space is becoming more congested, contested, and competitive.  We must establish responsible governance that will prevent mishaps, misperceptions, and mistrust, while assuring the use of space for all responsible parties.

As a military pilot, I can attest that our national security and our very way of life require both military and commercial space capabilities.

Our space architectures must be resilient and our national security terrestrial systems must be interoperable with both military and commercial space systems. We must be able to deter attacks, defend government and commercial assets, and defeat threats when necessary.

As we work to ensure space security, commercial enterprise can continue to launch generational leaps in space technology, benefiting humanity and reducing government costs.  Our regulatory framework must minimize burdens while maximizing certainty.  Our civil and defense space enterprises must not compete with the private sector, but enable domestic, commercial launch and space capabilities.  When space exploration and development are in the national interest, but the risks are too high for commercial enterprise, our civil agencies, like NASA and NOAA, must lead with a purpose to retire risk and commercialize programs.

The purpose of this bill is to permanently secure the United States of America as the preeminent spacefaring nation.

The American Space Renaissance Act

The mission of H.R. 4945 the American Space Renaissance Act (ASRA) is to permanently secure the United States as the preeminent spacefaring nation.  The ASRA has three key objectives:

  • Project military strength and protect our space based capabilities
  • Provide certainty to encourage commercial space innovation
  • Promote stability, accountability, and mission clarity at NASA
ASRA In-Depth Summary

NATIONAL SECURITY

Every component of modern warfare (air, land, and sea) requires space capabilities to deliver optimum effects. The enemies of the United States are developing, testing, and fielding capabilities to counter America’s space advantage. We must build more resilient space and ground architectures, improve commonality and interoperability in the space enterprise, operate a multi-domain (air, space, and cyberspace) Air Force holistically, and utilize commercial enterprise to rapidly distribute architectures.

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COMMERCIAL

Commercial space capital requirements and risks are sizeable. Regulations must be minimal and certain. Regulatory agencies must be properly funded to provide licenses and reviews expeditiously. Agencies must  affirm non-traditional space activities are in compliance with treaty obligations. Breakthrough commercial technologies and services must be considered when assessing government missions. It is time for a new approach to monitoring debris and managing the space environment.

ASRA Commercial In-Depth

CIVIL

NASA is an exceptional agency that has been burdened with constantly shifting and broadening priorities from Congress and the Executive Branch. Congress must provide NASA stability and accountability. NASA must not be a jack-of-all-trades, but committed to a space pioneering doctrine with a purpose to retire risk and commercialize programs. Landing humans on Mars is not possible with NASA’s current priorities, strategies, and missions. Mars should be the horizon goal and NASA needs to develop an actionable plan.

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