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AIA’s Space Council and International Council convened their first-ever joint meeting March 24 to discuss international space trade and cooperation issues. Officials from NASA, the Commerce Department and the Defense Department briefed AIA members on their international space priorities, including specific opportunities for international cooperation and trade promotion.
At the meeting, AIA members discussed how space could potentially fit into the National Export Initiative and emphasized the importance of export control modernization to the U.S. space industrial base, U.S. competitiveness and national security. Another important priority for industry that was discussed was the importance of market access. Additionally, AIA made a point of urging government to consider the impact of decisions on critical areas of the space industrial base as government engages in cooperative efforts with foreign partners.
AIA plans to continue these important discussions throughout the year, including another industry meeting at the Paris Air Show in June.
The dialogue on international space cooperation began last year with the release of the administration’s National Space Policy in June 2010. As a first step, AIA initiated a dialogue on this issue with NASA during a meeting with Administrator Charles Bolden at the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2010. Priority issues for the Space Trade and International Steering Committee this year include: * continued support of export control modernization for satellites and related components; * development of a set of industry recommendations and roadmap for international space cooperation; and * organization of industry priorities for international “rules of the road” for space.
Priority issues for the Space Trade and International Steering Committee this year include:
AIA Source: mike.conschafter[at]aia-aerospace.org