AIA’s Space Division is the premier advocate for America’s space industry, supply chain, and workforce. Across AIA’s over 300 member companies are the suppliers, designers, manufacturers, launch providers, and operators of commercial, civil, and national security satellites and space vehicles.
Key Space Policy Issues
AIA member companies have supported human spaceflight activities since the beginning of the Space Age and have played a part in exploring the Moon and every planet in our solar system. Today, our members continue to provide the space-based capabilities critical to ensuring American leadership in space, growing our economy, and keeping our country safe.
AIA’s Space Division coordinates the positions of AIA member companies on civil space related issues, plans, funding, regulatory rules and policies for government agencies.
Commercial space encompasses a broad set of commercial enterprises, provide products or services and the provision of services and hardware to a broad set of U.S. government civil and national security agencies.
National Security Space
National security space includes all military and intelligence community uses of space-based capabilities.
Space Requires a Whole of Government Approach
For over 60 years, U.S. government and private sector investments in space programs have enabled a $400 billion per year global economy supporting hundreds of thousands of highly skilled American workers across America. Space activities are essential to modern life: they extend communications to every point on Earth; underpin our digital economy with navigation and timing capabilities; enable critical weather forecasts; provide a deeper understanding of our planet, solar system, and universe; and revolutionize U.S. national security capabilities, providing America’s armed forces a significant advantage.
Space provides the U.S. an avenue to apply all instruments of national power – diplomatic, informational, military, and economic. These capabilities are accomplished across three interconnected sectors: civil space, commercial space, and national security space. As the U.S. becomes increasingly reliant on space for economic, security, and scientific endeavors, the interconnectivity of these sectors requires cross-government policies and investment. Both U.S. reliance on space and potential threats to space systemsdrive the need to ensure safe operation in and through space.
AIA Cross-Government Space Priorities
- Invest in education and workforce development programs to broaden the size and diversity of the next generation space workforce.
- Ensure U.S. government policy and regulation enables the U.S. space industry to remain the global leader and serve as a backstop against protectionist subsidization by U.S. near-peers and global competitors.
- Leverage existing commercial capabilities within the U.S. space industry to the maximum extent possible.
- Invest in space research and development to foster continued U.S. industry leadership.
- Continuously assess regulations, including licensing and export rules, to ensure the U.S. remains a competitive regulatory environment and the U.S. space industry maintains global leadership.
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