The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes President Obamaâ€™s new National Space Policy, which underscores the importance of commercial spaceflight for American economic growth and leadership in space.
Bretton Alexander, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, stated, â€œThe National Space Policy reinforces the Presidentâ€™s new plan for NASA, particularly the use of commercial providers for transport of crew and cargo to the International Space Station. The National Space Policy recognizes the benefits of a robust commercial space industry and lays down a series of clear policies to enable further growth of this sector.â€
Alexander added, â€œImportantly, the National Space Policy document states that government space systems will only be developed if there is no suitable commercial system that â€œis or will be availableâ€ [emphasis added], a strong declaration that the government will support and not compete with emerging commercial space services.â€
The importance of promoting commercial spaceflight is heavily emphasized throughout the National Space Policy document, establishing as a guiding principle that â€œa robust and competitive commercial space sector is vital to continued progress in space.â€ The policy further states that the U.S. government will â€œpromote a robust domestic commercial space industry, [â€¦] refrain from conducting United States Government space activities that preclude, discourage, or compete with U.S. commercial space activities, [â€¦ and] pursue potential opportunities for transferring routine, operational space functions to the commercial space sector where beneficial and cost-effective,â€ among other pro-commercial actions.