In Science and Space: Vice President Kamala Harris said on Aug. 12 that as the industry develops, the National Space Council will work to revise commercial space regulations that are “simply outdated.”
“The rules are outdated and need to be updated. They were written for a space industry of the last century,” she said. “We will do this work to make sure our nation remains a role model for the responsible use of space because we must keep pace with the tremendous rate of innovation.”
In a short speech at the Science Center in Oakland, Calif., Harris said a “new regulatory framework” for commercial space activities will be discussed at the next National Space Council meeting scheduled for Sept. 9. said.
“We must write new rules to provide the clarity that all of us require, to provide certainty,” she said. “We must write new rules to provide flexibility to incorporate the innovation that is occurring in real time.”
There have been previous efforts to address Article 6 supervision. The Obama administration pursued the concept of “mission approval” to be handled by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, but did not end its efforts until after the administration ended. The Trump administration has moved to shift this responsibility to the Office of Space Commerce within the Department of Commerce, but little progress has been made.
Harris didn’t offer a timeline for completing the commercial space rule change, other than a desire to do it “at a fast pace.”