President Donald J. Trump Continues to Advance American Leadership in Space

Office of the Press Secretary                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2020

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP CONTINUES TO ADVANCE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SPACE

“The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers.” – President Donald J. Trump

A DYNAMIC NATIONAL SPACE POLICY: President Donald J. Trump issued a new National Space Policy to outline and secure enduring goals for our country’s space activities.

  • Today, President Trump released a new National Space Policy outlining the fundamental principles of our Nation’s activities in space.
  • The policy will further our commitment to cultivating a robust industrial base for space by promoting the creation of global and domestic markets for American space goods and services.
  • The policy expands international cooperation in order to establish standards of safe and responsible behavior in space, promote international use of American space capabilities, and increase security and stability in space.
  • To ensure the United States continues its bold pursuits in space exploration, the policy moves space exploration goals beyond low-Earth orbit. ADVANCING AMERICAN INTERESTS: The President’s National Space Policy advances our interests in space for the benefit of our Nation and the American people.
  • The National Space Policy outlines fundamental principles of the United States regarding its activities in space and details future goals and Executive Branch tasks to achieve them.
  • The policy supports the commitment of the United States to leading in the responsible and constructive use of space and prioritizes the safety and prosperity of the American people.
  • By expanding the market for American exports and enhancing our exploration goals, the National Space Policy will help strengthen our leadership in space.
  • The policy’s directives to broaden international cooperation and deter aggression will protect our national security and foster partnerships with likeminded nations as we explore and develop space. RESTORING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP: Under President Trump’s bold leadership, America is once again leading in space.
  • President Trump established the Space Force, the first new branch of the Armed Forces since the creation of the Air Force more than 70 years ago.
  • The Space Force is critical to preparing the Department of Defense for evolving warfighting conditions and expanding our capabilities.
  • President Trump released five Space Policy Directives instructing NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon, reform our Nation’s commercial space regulatory framework, establish cybersecurity principles for space systems, and much more.
  • Following a 9-year absence, American astronauts have once again launched into space from American soil.
  • For the first time ever, a commercial company sent humans into orbit as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program.
  • On June 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that revived the National Space Council for the first time in 24 years. ###
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