From: White House
Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence, Chairman of the National Space Council, today announced the nomination of candidates to serve on the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group for two-year terms. The nominated members of the Users’ Advisory Group will serve to fulfill President Trump’s directive to “foster close coordination, cooperation, and technology and information exchange” across our nation’s space enterprise to ensure that the United States remains the world’s foremost spacefaring country.
On June 30, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13803, reviving the National Space Council “in order to provide a coordinated process for developing and monitoring the implementation of national space policy and strategy.” As a result of President Trump’s leadership, the Administration has restored American leadership in areas of civil, military, and commercial space by:
· Establishing the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces;
· Reinvigorating the U.S. human space exploration program to return Americans to the Moon and on to Mars; and
· Stimulating the space economy by implementing policy for responsible space traffic awareness and management and encouraging commercial recovery and use of space resources.
The Vice President announced the nomination of the following individuals to the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group:
Admiral James Ellis, Jr., USN, Retired* (Chair, Users’ Advisory Group)
Former Commander, United States Strategic Command, member of the Space Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, USAF, Retired
Apollo 11 astronaut
President and CEO, United Launch Alliance
President and CEO, The Boeing Company
Scholar at the Heritage Foundation
Colonel Eileen Collins, USAF, Retired
Four-time shuttle astronaut, first female shuttle commander
The Honorable John Culberson
Former U.S. Congressman, Texas
Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar
President and CEO, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
President and CEO, Aerojet Rocketdyne
CEO, Relativity Space
Board Member, U. S. Space & Rocket Center; former NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center engineer; Author of “Rocket Boys”
The Honorable Kay Ivey
Governor of Alabama
Dr. Bruce Jakosky
Professor of Atmosphere and Space Physics, University of Colorado
Board of Trustees, Marian University; Chairman and CEO, Klipsch Audio Technologies, Retired
General Les Lyles, USAF, Retired
Chairman, NASA Advisory Council
Colonel Pam Melroy, USAF, Retired
Three-time shuttle astronaut, former Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
The Honorable Jeanette Nuñez
Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Chairman of the Board, Space Florida
CEO, Sierra Nevada Corporation
The Honorable Harrison H. Schmitt
Former United States Senator, New Mexico; Apollo 17 astronaut
President and COO, SpaceX
Dr. Robert H. Smith
CEO, Blue Origin
President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
James D. Taiclet, Jr.
Board member, Lockheed Martin Corporation
STEM Integration Specialist for the Arkansas Department of Education
President, VOX Space
Chairman, CEO, and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Stuart O. Witt
Former Navy pilot; founder, Mojave Air and Spaceport; former chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
David Wolf, M.D.
Four-time shuttle astronaut, Purdue University
The National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group (UAG) was created by Congress in 1991, “to ensure that the interests of industries and other non-Federal entities involved in space activities, including in particular commercial entities, are adequately represented in the National Space Council.” On June 30, 2017, President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order 13803 revived the UAG, and the current membership of the UAG was appointed by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in 2018. The UAG, chaired by Admiral James Ellis, has since established six subcommittees, and the full UAG has held four public meetings. The UAG is a federal advisory committee, and its charter was established pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Nominees are pending official appointment by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
*These nominees were formally appointed for a two-year term on April 23, 2020.
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