White House VP Kamala Harris Announces Space Priority Framework

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on November 5, 2021.

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The Biden administration’s first National Space Council will meet on Wednesday, with Vice President Kamala Harris to outline the White House’s approach to space policy.

Revitalized after two decades under the previous presidency, the National Space Council met eight times during the previous administration and often accompanied executive orders such as send US astronauts back to the moon, clean up space debris, and space resource usage.

With Harris’ meeting on Wednesday, the White House released a document called “America’s Space Priorities Framework,” which provides an overview of how the Biden administration plans to “develop and execute.” future national space policy and strategy.”

The framework emphasizes that the United States seeks to promote and protect “data, products, and services from space” to “support American businesses and create American jobs in areas as diverse as manufacturing, transportation, logistics, agriculture, finance and media.”

In addition, the framework said the United States wanted to publicly distribute “Earth observation data” to “support domestic and international efforts to address the climate crisis.” Similarly, the White House document says it is moving “spatial situational awareness” services to an open data platform “to be chaired by a US agency to improve computer safety”. space flight.

The growing threat from space debris, as well as military activities in space, are two of the top concerns below: Russia’s test of an anti-satellite weapon (or ASAT) last month. The Russian military destroyed a defunct satellite, hurled shrapnel into low Earth orbit and forced astronauts to take shelter on the International Space Station as the debris cloud passed. While American officials condemned the test, Russia has yet to face anything more than harsh criticism over the protest.

The White House framework says the US aims to “strengthen our ability to detect and attribute hostile behavior in space.” However, in terms of consequences for other countries conducting military tests in orbit, the United States now “will engage diplomatically with strategic competitors to enhance stability in the air space.” cosmic space.”

President Biden is also expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday to add five members to the National Space Council: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Labor Secretary Martin Walsh, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, and National Climate. Advisor Gina McCarthy. White House VP Kamala Harris Announces Space Priority Framework

Emma James

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