Space start-ups see dollar signs in Obama’s NASA overhaul
The X-Prize Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards prizes of at least $10 million to private teams that successfully complete space travel missions, has hired lobbying firm K&L Gates to gin up more congressional support for the competitions.
K&L Gates lobbyists Paul Stimers’s job is to help convince skeptical lawmakers that privatizing space travel will spur innovation and create jobs….
Stimers says X Prize is looking for policy support for commercializing the space program, not for federal funds to feed the prize competitions. And it wants to continue working closely with NASA to develop prize programs for the government.
K&L Gates also lobbies for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which represents firms like Virgin Galactic (run by Sir Richard Branson) and the Mojave Spaceport in California.
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