National Space Council Addresses Regulatory Reform

The National Space Council held a meeting today chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. The meeting’s theme was “Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond,” and according to NASA, it was set to include “testimonials from leaders in the civil, commercial, and national security sectors about the importance of the United States’ space enterprise.” Most interesting from a legal perspective are the anticipated discussions about regulatory reform proposals. Some of the stated goals of the regulatory reform, according to members of the council, are lowering costs for companies and attracting companies in other countries to the United States. While the notion of regulatory reform often includes proposals to eliminate and modify certain regulations, it is a balancing act to make sure those efforts do not jeopardize safety in the industry. Keep following MRJ’s blog for more updates on the discussions about proposed regulator reform from the NSC meeting!