Yesterday, (23 July 2020), the National Space Council – at the White House – issued a fascinating document. “A New Era for Space Exploration and Development.”
This new policy is so significant that we are shifting our regular production schedule regarding the Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure to share it with our community. This kind of national policy shift is part of the new ‘adventure’ of building systems for space. Things happen, more quickly, now. It used to take several years for substantive shifts in national policy to work its way down to our level. Lately, these changes are being considered and deliberated (by some very smart people) over the course of a few months, and then enacted. Honestly, it is both refreshing, and it also requires us to modify, occasionally, on our overarching plans.
In the case of this new policy, it has wide-ranging implications. This policy will not only affect the United States, and our civil, Defense, and commercial space sector, I believe it will also have impacts on the global space community. There is some new stuff here that will have ripple effects far into the future.
Over the weekend, we will dissect this 23-page document and come back, Monday, with some key takeaways.
This deep dive into national policy will become a regular feature of our Channel. This stuff matters: all the decisions we make, internally, must be anchored in the reality of Washington DC’s priority matrix. One of the reasons we decided to restart the company was – precisely – because of the international attention that the Moon is getting these days. Stay tuned!
President, LiftPort Group