Cruz to Hold Commercial Space Hearing Next Week

Sen. Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON (Senate Science Committee PR) – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled “Reopening the American Frontier: Reducing Regulatory Barriers and Expanding American Free Enterprise in Space” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

This hearing will examine the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act signed into law in November 2015, potential regulatory barriers to address in future legislation, and ways to expand commercial opportunities for American firms in space.


•    Mr. Robert Bigelow, Founder, Bigelow Aerospace
•    Mr. Rob Myerson, President, Blue Origin
•    Mr. George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic
•    Mr. Andrew Rush, CEO, Made in Space

* Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

  • Chad Overton

    Wonder if Elon is busy or there are excluding him for a reason?

  • Carlton Stephenson

    Unavailable. He’s scheduled to meet the sheiks on that date.

  • duheagle

    The key to plausible photoshopping of fictional meetings is to select imagery that suggests, for example, that the parties involved are actually aware of each other.

  • duheagle

    Elon is always busy. He only shows up on Capitol Hill when the direct, near-term interests of SpaceX are at stake. The rest of the time, he delegates this stuff to Shotwell. Perhaps she was busy too or perhaps she was simply not invited either.

    One can certainly see why Cruz might want to invite only non-SpaceX people to testify. A lot of Congresscritters seem to think commercial space consists entirely of SpaceX. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to show them otherwise. Given the noise some Congresscritters have recently been making about forcing ULA to pick A-R’s engine over Blue Origin’s for Vulcan, Blue is the outfit that, this time, has its direct, near-term interests at stake.

    I may even watch this one on YouTube once it’s posted.

  • Carlton Stephenson