Enlarge / Mike Pence, center, will have the most important role in setting US space policy under the Trump administration. He leads the National Space Council.
Vice President Mike Pence will convene the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council on Thursday, which will begin its deliberations at 10am EDT in Chantilly, Virginia.
Titled “Leading the Next Frontier,” the event will allow key leaders of the civil, commercial, and military space communities to discuss the key issues facing their sectors.
The overall aim of the council is to ensure that all three of these sectors work together to advance the nation’s interests in space.
Pence’s office has not yet published a roster of speakers, but Ars understands that there will be three panels during the meeting.
According to sources, chief executives or presidents of Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Orbital ATK will speak during the civil space panel; representatives of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Sierra Nevada Corporation will speak on the commercial space panel; and Air Force and Navy officials will speak during the military space panel.
During each panel, the participants are likely to address what they see as some of the key issues facing current and future US spaceflight efforts.
Among those concerns are a licensing regime for commercial space missions, space traffic management, space debris mitigation and remediation, and coordinating national goals in space, such as military’s desire to assert itself in low Earth and higher orbits and establishing a civil policy that keeps NASA at the forefront of exploration.
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