National Space Council Meeting Summaries

Council Meeting Signals High Level Administration Interest In Space, Space Policy Online

"Pence indicated the Council will meet again in 45 days to review all those efforts, hence the deadline. That's a challenging goal, but conveys a sense of urgency to make decisions. That could be tied to budget schedules since the administration is currently crafting the FY2019 budget request. By law, budget requests are supposed to be submitted to Congress on the first Monday of February so the FY2019 request should be sent to Congress on February 5, 2018. If the Space Council meets again in 45 days, there would still be time to influence the FY2019 request."

National Space Council hears calls for moon trips and stronger space defense, Geekwire

"Pence said the council's meeting was a "very good start" for a re-examination of America's space policy. But not everyone agreed. Keith Cowing, the editor of NASA Watch and a longtime commentator on space policy, said in a blog posting that the proceedings were "scripted and predictable." Former space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said in a tweet that the meeting offered "bold talk ... but we've heard it before." "What counts will be resources ($) and long term commitment," Hale said."

The first meeting of the National Space Council, Behind The Black

"Overall, this meeting indicates that the Trump administration is likely not going to do much to drain the swamp that presently dominates our space effort. Trump's interest in reducing regulation remains strong, but it also appears he and his administration is also strongly committed to continuing the crony capitalism that is wasting literally billions of dollars in space and helping to put the nation into unrecoverable debt."

Keith's note: My summary:

1. Big aerospace companies said that they'd be happy to do whatever the government will pay them to do.
2. Commercial space companies didn't ask for a handout and will be doing other things - with their own money.
3. Military space discussion was hampered because much of what is going on is classified and cannot be discussed in an open forum.
4. Earth and space science - no one talked about that.
5. Pence says America needs to lead in space again - even if it is still leading in space - already.

And no that's not the official logo. But they need one.

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