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AIAA Statement on Biden Administration’s First National Space Council Meeting


December 2, 2021 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement on the Biden Administration’s inaugural meeting of the National Space Council:

“As the world’s largest aerospace technical society representing 30,000 aerospace professionals, AIAA appreciates the Biden Administration’s commitment to maintaining a White House-level focus on space policy through the National Space Council. Yesterday’s meeting brought together senior administration officials, including five new members, which was a welcome sight. Vice President Harris discussed the Administration’s space policy framework and council members offered insights into their agencies efforts to promote rules and norms governing space, address the climate crisis, and build our STEM workforce. The global ASCEND community affirmed these important topics during its annual gathering last month in Las Vegas.

AIAA strongly supports the Administration’s whole of government approach to tackle the priorities addressed today. The United States must lead in gathering the international community to establish best practices, standards, and norms of behavior for both governmental and commercial space activities. Domestically, Congress must codify Space Policy Directive-3 and provide the necessary resources to the Office of Space Commerce in the Department of Commerce to tackle the important issue of space traffic management. It is essential that we harness the space sector’s capabilities to continue to help solve the climate crisis, fuel our nation’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness, and build the diverse 21st-century education system and workforce. We look forward to working with the vice president, the National Space Council members, and the Users’ Advisory Group to meet these challenges and achieve our common goals.”

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 91 countries, and 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit,and follow AIAA on Twitter,Facebook,LinkedIn,and Instagram.

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