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Topic:National Space Council re-established (2017)
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The signing ceremony, held in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, was attended by members of Congress and members of the space community, including AIAA president (and former astronaut) Sandy Magnus, former flight director Gene Kranz and astronauts David Wolf, Al Drew and Buzz Aldrin. Per a pool report:

After the signing, [Trump] looked around and asked the room who he should give the pen he signed the order to — and when people responded "Buzz" he handed Aldrin the pen.

The order appoints the Vice President to lead the Space Council, which will be staffed by representatives of various cabinet agencies and NASA. As SpaceNews reports, the order also establishes a "Users' Advisory Group," which will provide outside advice to the council on space issues.

...the Users' Advisory Board [will ensure] "the interests of industries and other non-Federal entities involved in space activities, including in particular commercial entities, are adequately represented in the Council."
Robert PearlmanNASA release
NASA Statement on National Space Council

The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot about Friday's Executive Order creating the National Space Council:

I am pleased that President Trump has signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council. The council existed previously from 1989-1993, and a version of it also existed as the National Aeronautics and Space Council from 1958-1973. As such, the council has guided NASA from our earliest days and can help us achieve the many ambitious milestones we are striving for today.

This high-level group advises the president and comprises the leaders of government agencies with a stake in space, including the NASA administrator, the Secretaries of State, Commerce, Defense, and others, and will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. It will help ensure that all aspects of the nation's space power — national security, commerce, international relations, exploration, and science, are coordinated and aligned to best serve the American people. A Users' Advisory Group also will be convened so that the interests of industries and other non-federal entities are represented.

The establishment of the council is another demonstration of the Trump Administration's deep interest in our work, and a testament to the importance of space exploration to our economy, our nation, and the planet as a whole.

olyIn the above posted video the expressions on Buzz Aldrin's face during the Vice President and President's speeches is interesting. It would be interesting to know what was going through Buzz's mind as he is introduced. It is also interesting to watch the other guests faces.
BlackarrowAs someone who occasionally suffers bouts of sciatica, I would not be surprised if the expressions on Buzz's face simply indicate a concern about how long he will have to remain standing. After all, he is 87.
Robert PearlmanThough I think Buzz was reacting to what was being said, it looks like you weren't wrong about his discomfort. From his assistant on Twitter:
My favorite photo I took after we visited the White House yesterday. Buzz's feet were killing him. I said he wasn't very incognito in those socks.
Fra MauroIt sounds positive but it ultimately comes down to the beliefs of each President and each Congress.
Mike_The_FirstCan anyone go through and explain the origin and significance of the various pins Aldrin is wearing there?

One looks like it might be the (MFA?) bootprint, if I'm not mistaken?

Robert PearlmanOn Aldrin's right lapel is Winco's "First Footprints" pin and below it Blue Origin's feather. On the left is Aldrin's NASA astronaut pin, Air Force eagle pin, SpaceX "X" and International Space University (ISU) pin.
Robert PearlmanNASA video release
Vice President Mike Pence offered his thanks Monday to employees working on NASA's human spaceflight programs during a tour of the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Vice President saw the progress being made on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the world's most powerful deep space rocket, that will send astronauts on missions around the Moon and ultimately to Mars. He also visited Marshall's Payload Operations Integration Center, where he talked with NASA astronauts and Expedition 53 crew members Joe Acaba, Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei on board the International Space Station.

Robert PearlmanWhite House release
Vice President Mike Pence Announces First Meeting of The National Space Council

Today, Vice President Mike Pence announced the first meeting of the National Space Council is scheduled for October 5, 2017 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The meeting, titled "Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council," will include testimonials from expert witnesses who represent the sectors of the space industry: Civil Space, Commercial Space, and National Security Space.

"At President Trump's direction, the kick-off meeting of the National Space Council will bring together all aspects and sectors of the national space enterprise for the first time in a quarter century," said Vice President Pence. "This meeting will provide an opportunity for the Administration to lay out its vision for space exploration. As President Trump said, 'We're a nation of pioneers, and the next great American frontier is space.' "

President Trump signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council on June 30, 2017. Currently confirmed council members of the first meeting include: National Space Council Chairman, Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson; Secretary of Defense, James Mattis; Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross; Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao; Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke; Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney; National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster; Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats; Acting NASA Administrator, Robert Lightfoot; Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Michael Kratsios; and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul J. Selva.

Additional details about the meeting are forthcoming.

BlackarrowI'm assuming that it would be premature for the President's nominee for the post of NASA Administrator (Jim Bridenstine) to attend in any official capacity. If he wanted to attend simply as an interested Congressman would that be appropriate, or would it seem a bit "pushy"?
Robert PearlmanI suspect if he desired to be there, Bridentsine could attend without issue — especially if the meeting (or at least portions of it) are open to the public.

On edit: It does not appear the meeting is open to the public.

Robert PearlmanNASA release
NASA Provides Coverage for First Meeting of the National Space Council

NASA Television and the agency's website will provide live coverage of the first meeting of the National Space Council starting at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 5.

The meeting, titled "Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council," will be held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. It will be chaired Vice President Mike Pence and include participation by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, as well as a number of Trump Administration cabinet members and senior officials, and aerospace industry leaders.

"We expect to come out of this meeting with a reinvigorated focus for America's space exploration goals that engages all the innovation of NASA and our partners, moves us toward national priorities, and excites people around the world," said Lightfoot.

The council will hear testimonial from expert witnesses who represent the sectors of the space industry: Civil Space, Commercial Space, and National Security Space. President Trump signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council on June 30.

The meeting will also be available live on the White House's YouTube channel.
Robert PearlmanSpacePolicyOnline.com has details about the meeting:
The list of attendees at tomorrow's meeting at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA as confirmed by Pence's office today are the following. (Note that Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who previously was expected to attend, instead will be represented by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.)
  • National Space Council Chairman, Vice President Mike Pence;
  • Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson;
  • Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross;
  • Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao;
  • Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke;
  • Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney;
  • National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster;
  • Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats;
  • Acting NASA Administrator, Robert Lightfoot;
  • Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan;
  • Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Michael Kratsios; and
  • Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul J. Selva.
The meeting begins at 10:00 am ET with welcoming remarks from Pence. The Council then will hear from three panels of experts:

10:20-11:05 am ET: We Will Lead Again — Civil Space

  • Marillyn Hewson, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin
  • Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO, Boeing
  • David Thompson, President and CEO, Orbital ATK
11:05 – 11:35 am ET: We Will Inspire Again — Commercial Space
  • Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX
  • Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin
  • Fatih Ozmen, CEO, Sierra Nevada Corporation
11:35 – 12:05 pm ET: We Will Hold the High Ground Again — National Security Space
  • Michael Griffin, former NASA Administrator
  • Adm. James Ellis (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Pamela Melroy, former space shuttle commander and former Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
12:05 pm ET: Concluding Remarks by Vice President Pence
Robert PearlmanU.S. Vice President Mike Pence has written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal stating that the Trump Administration will "refocus America's space program toward human exploration and discovery."
That means launching American astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972. It means establishing a renewed American presence on the moon, a vital strategic goal. And from the foundation of the moon, America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars.

...the National Space Council will look beyond the halls of government for insight and expertise. In the coming weeks, President Trump and I will assemble a Users’ Advisory Group partly composed of leaders from America’s burgeoning commercial space industry. Business is leading the way on space technology, and we intend to draw from the bottomless well of innovation to solve the challenges ahead.

Above all, the National Space Council will enable our nation to bring American values to this infinite frontier. It will renew the American spirit itself, as we lift our heads and reach our hands toward the heavens, in pursuit of peace and hope for all mankind.

Robert Pearlman
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Bridentsine could attend without issue...
Bridenstine did indeed attend the meeting, and was recognized in the audience by Vice President Pence as being there.
BlackarrowInteresting - thank you!
Robert PearlmanWhite House video

Robert PearlmanNASA release
NASA Statement on National Space Council Policy for Future American Leadership in Space

The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot about the results from the first meeting of the National Space Council on Thursday:

"It was my pleasure today to attend the first meeting of the new National Space Council. The council includes government leaders from civil and military space, and the group also heard from space industry leaders. The council has historic roots in the earliest days of the Space Age, and it has been established by the president to streamline and coordinate national space policy.

"The council is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, who continues to demonstrate extraordinary interest in our work. In fact, he recently visited the Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center and the Kennedy Space Center. He addressed the workforce at our centers with great passion and introduced our new astronaut candidates class. At today's meeting he made it clear that space is a national priority.

"The vice president also announced a call for renewed U.S. leadership in space – with a recommendation to the president that NASA help lead and shape the way forward. Specifically, NASA has been directed to develop a plan for an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system, returning humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.

"The recommendation to the president would modify the existing National Space Policy to provide focus and direction to some of NASA's current activities and plans, and remove a previous guideline that NASA should undertake a human mission to an asteroid as the next human spaceflight milestone beyond low-Earth orbit. The National Space Council acknowledged the strategic importance of cis-lunar space — the region around the Moon — which will serve as a proving ground for missions to Mars and beyond and advance our stepping stone approach to going farther into the solar system. Based on a number of conversations I've had with the council, we have highlighted a number of initiatives underway in this important area, including a study of an orbital gateway or outpost that could support a sustained cadence of robotic and human missions, as well as ensuing human missions to the lunar and Mars surfaces, and other destinations.

"The direction builds on the hard work we have already been doing on the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, our efforts to enable our commercial partners and work with our international partners in low-Earth orbit at the International Space Station, and what we have been learning from our current robotic presence at the Moon and Mars. It adds further definition to the exploration plan we have been implementing, and strengthens and provides a context for studies and planning efforts underway across our human spaceflight, science and technology directorates. Among new areas, we will work with industry and the international community on robotic lunar landers that explore the nature of the Moon and its resources, such as water.

"We have already been planning human missions to cis-lunar space beginning with Exploration Mission-2, and with the upcoming budget process, we will look to solidify this work with our new goals in place.

"Working in close coordination across government through the new National Space Council, and with our commercial and international partners, we are going to chart a new future in space with opportunities for all."

BlackarrowThis sounds promising, but I suppose the proof of the pudding will be in the funding.
Robert PearlmanNASA release
NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council

NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council.

The official charter for the Users' Advisory Group (UAG) was signed by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Dec. 6, and subsequently announced in the Federal Register. It explains, in detail, the role, responsibilities and operation of the advisory group. The UAG will advise and inform the National Space Council on a broad range of aerospace topics, including the impacts of U.S. and international laws and regulations, national security space priorities relating to the civil and commercial space sectors, scientific and human space exploration priorities, and ways to bolster support for U.S. space priorities and leadership in space.

The UAG will consist of between 15 and 30 members selected to serve in the capacity of either a representative or a special government employee (SGE). Representatives will come from non-federal aerospace organizations, such as private industry, and act as advocates for their sector. SGEs will be selected for their expertise in their particular aerospace field to provide objective advice. More information on the member nomination process will be made available later this month.

The charter will be available on NASA's website Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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