“Foust Forward” appears in every issue of SpaceNews magazine. This column ran in the March 11, 2019 issue.
Last spring saw a surge in activity by the administration regarding commercial space policy. Space Policy Directive (SPD) 2, signed by President Trump in May, directed a number of actions to reform launch, remote sensing and other regulations associated with commercial space. Less than a month later, he signed SPD-3, intended to give the Commerce Department new responsibilities in space traffic management.
Around that time, the Commerce Department also appointed Kevin O’Connell as director of the Office of Space Commerce, an office that dates back to Reagan administration but has been neglected for much of recent history. O’Connell told an audience at a Washington Space Business Roundtable breakfast March 6 that he is the first permanent director for the office in about a decade.
“It’s been a fast and furious pace in the job,” he said of the nine months he’s been on the job. “Even in that short period of time I think we’ve gotten a lot done, and even more importantly, we’ve laid the path to getting a lot more done.”
Despite that fast and furious pace, there are some ...