AIA welcomes White House commitment to reforming commercial space policies

Having a strong domestic space industry is crucial to our nation’s economic vitality and security. The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased by the Trump Administration’s continued focus on reducing barriers for the commercial space industry to create new, well-paying jobs, increase exports and move into new markets.

“We welcome the signing of Space Policy Directive 2 (SPD-2) and, while many details have yet to be worked out, we are a committed and constructive partner in revising and reducing cumbersome space regulations,” said AIA Vice President for Space and Workforce, Frank Slazer. “We are encouraged to see the emphasis on preserving radio spectrum for new space applications. We also urge the Administration to include modernization of the regulations enforcing the Missile Technology Control Regime, which were established long before many new space services such as private space transportation were envisioned.”

The U.S. space industry, which U.S. government national security and civil space programs increasingly depend upon, generates innovative solutions, export revenues and high technology jobs for our citizens, while underpinning our security. The United States has long led in the commercial, civil and national security space domains; however, foreign competitors – from Australia to the United Kingdom and China – are recognizing the tremendous potential for future growth in the $300 billion space economy.

AIA’s May 2017 Report, Engine for Growth, advocated for many of the policy prescriptions now being advanced. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to bring these space regulatory changes to fruition.

We also encourage the Administration to consider the importance of the Export Import Bank of the United States – which as recently as 2014 was supporting the export of nearly $1 billion annually in satellites, technology and launch services, greatly leveling the playing field with foreign competitors. Restoring the bank’s ability to lend more than $10 million, the current limit, is the biggest single step that could be taken to increase U.S. space competitiveness without costing taxpayers a dime.