The Space Policy of the New U.S. Administration

  • Scott Pace
Part of the Yearbook on Space Policy book series (YEARSPACE)


The new U.S. Administration under President Obama is conducting a review of space policy and it is too soon to tell what major changes will result. However, it is possible to identify the major policy issues being considered and likely development based on past statements and actions taken by the Administration so far in 2009. Specific study groups that have been publicly identified include space protection, international cooperation, acquisition reform and national space strategy. Presidential policy remains in force until the President or his successor changes it and thus there is a high degree of interest in the on-going White House policy review being led by staff to the National Security Council.


International Space Station Space Shuttle Space Policy Mars Science Laboratory Human Space 
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