Opinion | To lead in space, America must lead in space collaboration

Strategies that became the primacy of US space in the 20th century will not get us anywhere this century. We need new methods to do this. At a high level, we recommend greater collaboration across the space company to unlock this potential and address these challenges.

Rationalization of government cooperation

As commercial space efforts increase and diversify, government must ensure safe and responsible behavior in space. Several federal agencies have some space policy jurisdiction, but responsibility for emerging regulatory issues such as protecting our satellites, ensuring space safety, regulating new applications for the space business, and preserving our world and worlds we explore in the future remains not clear.

The US should define a national approach to space security with clear traces of authority and technically informed regulations. We need to be leaders especially in development Space management Safety norms and standards for space operators to mitigate the growing risks of orbital debris.

To encourage innovation, the US government must also share traditionally isolated approaches to greater interdependence among agencies. The current National space strategy Proponents a “Whole State” Approach with agencies working to maximize resources on a shared mission. Putting this political commitment into practice gives the US government and private industry a real edge in unlocking advanced space capabilities.

Strengthening Defense Space Partnerships

A tight US space jurisdiction can strengthen defense space partnerships – a major priority in the Pentagon Defense space strategy Russia and China remain formidable threats. The USA and its close partners comprise 11 of the 15 largest space budgets in the world while two thirds of all active orbiting satellites are in operation. Given that several U.S. agencies work in the defense field, some allies express frustration that their space communities lack a clear path to collaborate or don’t know who to deal with, while the classification of information often hinders collaboration.

US leaders should consider bringing more and new partners into space drills, lowering classification levels, and improving information sharing with allies. Strengthening defense space partnerships requires greater risk tolerance and deviations from traditional practices. It is encouraging that key US defense leaders want to remove these obstacles.

Deepening private space partnerships

The US government is no longer the only driver of space innovation. It is increasingly recognizing the benefits of reliance on the private space sector and focusing its own attention on promoting a healthy market. The US government should prioritize commercial skills and contracted services, even if the key skills remain government owned and operated. Continued research and development will keep the US at the forefront of space activities, nurturing native businesses, and encouraging new innovators to enter the market.

Private space activity also presents emerging problems for the rigid regulatory framework can be ineffective. Space investors and innovators strive for a balance between regulatory flexibility to accommodate new ideas and an adequate level of security that allows longer-term investment planning and space sustainability. Finding that balance is a priority.

Get investment in space

Finally, leaders should recognize the frequency with which political changes can threaten important NASA and national security space missions. It takes many years to complete the groundbreaking projects that draw people into space and make a difference for the nation and the world. Larger shifts should only be made with serious consideration.

Partnerships between the federal government, the private sector and the international space community have come about significant return on investment to the American public. This collaboration can take us to amazing places – in space and here on earth. We need to accelerate and gain momentum in order to maintain global leadership in space.

Steve Isakowitz is President and CEO of Aerospace Corporation, which operates a federally funded research and development center for the US aerospace company. Previously, he was President of Virgin Galactic and Head of Space Programs in the White House Administration and Budget Office.

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