NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council

WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council.

The official charter for the Users’ Advisory Group (UAG) was signed by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Dec. 6, and subsequently announced in the Federal Register. It explains, in detail, the role, responsibilities and operation of the advisory group.

The UAG will advise and inform the National Space Council on a broad range of aerospace topics, including the impacts of U.S. and international laws and regulations, national security space priorities relating to the civil and commercial space sectors, scientific and human space exploration priorities, and ways to bolster support for U.S. space priorities and leadership in space.

The UAG will consist of between 15 and 30 members selected to serve in the capacity of either a representative or a special government employee (SGE). Representatives will come from non-federal aerospace organizations, such as private industry, and act as advocates for their sector. SGEs will be selected for their expertise in their particular aerospace field to provide objective advice. More information on the member nomination process will be made available later this month.

The charter is available online at:

  • Michael Halpern

    So basically their job is to make sure that Rogers and Space Laundering System doesn’t steamroll private enterprise. This I approve of

  • ThomasLMatula

    If NASA is setting it up it means it will be the usual folks, space scientists and government contractors, recycled from earlier commissions giving the same advice that created the current stagnation at NASA. Who they need to include are development economists, entrepreneurs, innovators and business strategists who would bring new ideas to the table and have the knowledge to actually make it “innovative and sustainable” as the new SPD requires.

    The fundamental problem is not money but that NASA still sees space as it did in the 1960’s and is still using a 1960’s mindset in a world that is very different.

  • mike_shupp

    These will be the folks who actually do the thinking that the official National Space Council is charged with doing, I gather. The Cabinet members and other high dignitaries on that organization will l basically be putting their rubberstamped signatures on position papers and mugging alongside Trump for the press.

    Well, I suppose. It’s one way to get the work done.