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April 20, 2017
Cruz to Hold Hearing on Expanding American Free Enterprise in Space

WASHINGTON - 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.

Witnesses:
 
•    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 www.commerce.senate.gov.

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/4/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-wi

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #1 on: 04/20/2017 05:52 PM »
Is it just me, or did they forget to invite someone else involved in American commercial space enterprises...?

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #2 on: 04/22/2017 07:29 PM »
Is it just me, or did they forget to invite someone else involved in American commercial space enterprises...?

Let's hope the "* Witness list subject to change" statement is accurate...
If we don't continuously lower the cost to access space, how are we ever going to afford to expand humanity out into space?

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #3 on: 04/22/2017 07:41 PM »
I am sure that it will be a good hearing without SpaceX.

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #4 on: 04/22/2017 11:57 PM »
I am sure that it will be a good hearing without SpaceX.

A representative from ULA is not on the list either, and ULA has specifically stated they need to have a higher amount of commercial business when they field their Vulcan launcher.  Plus they have been promoting ACES for years, as well at IVF, as opening up new markets in space.

Other than launching smallsats, I don't think Virgin Galactic intends to go beyond sub-orbital, so they are not really oriented towards markets that are "in space" per se.  They are highly visible in the public, but that doesn't make them a good representative for this topic.

My $0.02
If we don't continuously lower the cost to access space, how are we ever going to afford to expand humanity out into space?

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #5 on: 04/23/2017 12:54 PM »
Is it just me, or did they forget to invite someone else involved in American commercial space enterprises...?

Yeah.  I was mildly disappointed not to get a call.  Thx for noticing! :)
Sometimes I just flat out don't get it.

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #6 on: 04/23/2017 03:21 PM »
I would want a satellite manufacturer and service provider/operator on that list. Why ignore 90% of the industry?

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #7 on: 04/23/2017 07:21 PM »
I would want a satellite manufacturer and service provider/operator on that list. Why ignore 90% of the industry?

Jurisdiction may play a role in this.  Formally, most satellite service providers/operators are regulated by the FCC, which is overseen by the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, rather than Science, Space and Competitiveness subcommittee. 

The big place that satellite builders or operators are impacted within this area (on something like the CSLA) is for things like payload reviews during the launch licence (which arguably would also impact Made In Space, or Bigelow).  And Bigelow does have experience with what is effectively a satellite (Genesis 1 & 2)

So that may be part of their thinking
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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #9 on: 04/26/2017 01:59 PM »
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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
« Reply #10 on: 04/26/2017 02:08 PM »
Hearing is now underway. Should be viewable on-line at:

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=D2F0378C-CC0D-4FE8-9AD8-A2ADDA1FCE9E

But not working for me (unless it's restricted to US?)

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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
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This morning's Senate hearing on NewSpace is on my YouTube channel at youtube.com/watch?v=ttFBOp…. Removed the long wait on the official video.

https://twitter.com/spacekscblog/status/857274160724226052


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Re: Senate Hearing: 26 Apr 2017 : Free Enterprise in Space
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One post-hearing note: Cruz said this is a first in a series of hearings on this topic; no timeframe yet for new legislation.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/857264642493689856

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