Congressional Hearings this Week to Focus on Commercial Space

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Congressional Hearings this Week to Focus on Commercial Space.

There will be two important congressional hearings this week on Commercial Space.

First up on Tuesday, February 24th is the U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

The hearing will take place in the Senate Russell Office Building - 253 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

There will be two panels of witnesses:

Panel I

- Col. Walt Cunningham (USMC, Ret.), Former NASA Astronaut and Apollo 7 Pilot;

- Col. Buzz Aldrin (USAF, Ret.), Former NASA Astronaut and Apollo 11 Pilot; and

- Mr. Michael Massimino, Former NASA Astronaut and Mission Specialist for Space Shuttle
Program.

Panel II

- Mr. John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Space Exploration;

- Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; and

- Mr. Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Next up on Friday, February 27th is the House Subcommittee on Space Hearing; The Commercial Crew Program: Challenges and Opportunities chaired by Lamar Smith (R-Texas). The hearing will take place at 2318 Rayburn House Office Building at 9:00 a.m. EST.

Witnesses include:

- Mr. Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

- Vice Admiral Joseph Dyer, USN (Ret.), Chairman, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

- Mr. John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager, Commercial Programs, The Boeing Company

- Dr. Garret Reisman, Director, Crew Operations, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation


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