National Space Council set to meet at U.S. Space & Rocket Center on March 26

Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council’s first meeting, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Credits: NASA

The fifth meeting of the revived National Space Council (NSC) is slated to take place on March 26th at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The NSC, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, will be meeting to discuss moving forward with President Trump’s ambitious plans for space policy including returning the moon and eventually Mars.

“This meeting will focus on President Trump’s plan to restore American leadership in space and the next steps in implementing his vision to send Americans to the moon, Mars and beyond,” a spokesperson for the council said in a statement. Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of the council, will lead the meeting that will include testimony from witnesses and “present policy recommendations for the President.”

The NSC meeting will also include two panels that are expected to discuss America’s current capabilities and future needs for space exploration. As a part of that discussion, it is expected that the Space Launch System (SLS) will come up including the recent remarks of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about the possibility of using commercial launch vehicles to accelerate the SLS launch timeline for the Exploration Mission 1 (EM 1). These comments were received with some concern by many Huntsville residents that are directly involved with the SLS development program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Boeing.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle tweets his welcome to the National Space Council scheduled to meet in Huntsville in late March.

Huntsville leaders are excited and honored to host the NSC. “Huntsville is proud to host the National Space Council at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the perfect backdrop for a meeting of this caliber,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “It’s fitting this instrumental group of space policy leaders and influencers will be in the Rocket City at the same time as the U.S. Army’s AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition. Both groups work to ensure America’s leadership in defense and space exploration, and both groups always have a home in Huntsville, Alabama.”

Additional meeting information will be posted soon.