"National Space Policy of the United States of America"

National Space Policy of the United States of America is a 18-page legal document that was released by the U.S. Department of Commerce - Office of Space Commerce on June 28, 2010 and used nation-wide.

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NAT IONA L SPACE POL IC Y
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NAT IONA L SPACE POL IC Y
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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Intersector Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Sector Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Introduction
“More than by any other imaginative concept, the mind of man is aroused
by the thought of exploring the mysteries of outer space. Through such
exploration, man hopes to broaden his horizons, add to his knowledge,
improve his way of living on earth.”
— President Dwight Eisenhower, June 20, 1958
“Fifty years after the creation of NASA, our goal is no longer just a
destination to reach. Our goal is the capacity for people to work and learn
and operate and live safely beyond the Earth for extended periods of time,
ultimately in ways that are more sustainable and even indefinite. And in
fulfilling this task, we will not only extend humanity’s reach in space—we
will strengthen America’s leadership here on Earth.”
— President Barack Obama, April 15, 2010
The space age began as a race for security and prestige between two superpowers . The opportunities
were boundless, and the decades that followed have seen a radical transformation in the way we live our
daily lives, in large part due to our use of space . Space systems have taken us to other celestial bodies
and extended humankind’s horizons back in time to the very first moments of the universe and out to
the galaxies at its far reaches . Satellites contribute to increased transparency and stability among nations
and provide a vital communications path for avoiding potential conflicts . Space systems increase our
knowledge in many scientific fields, and life on Earth is far better as a result .
The utilization of space has created new markets; helped save lives by warning us of natural disasters,
expediting search and rescue operations, and making recovery efforts faster and more effective; made
agriculture and natural resource management more efficient and sustainable; expanded our frontiers;
and provided global access to advanced medicine, weather forecasting, geospatial information, financial
operations, broadband and other communications, and scores of other activities worldwide . Space sys-
tems allow people and governments around the world to see with clarity, communicate with certainty,
navigate with accuracy, and operate with assurance .
The legacy of success in space and its transformation also presents new challenges . When the space
age began, the opportunities to use space were limited to only a few nations, and there were limited
consequences for irresponsible or unintentional behavior . Now, we find ourselves in a world where
the benefits of space permeate almost every facet of our lives . The growth and evolution of the global
economy has ushered in an ever-increasing number of nations and organizations using space . The now-
ubiquitous and interconnected nature of space capabilities and the world’s growing dependence on
them mean that irresponsible acts in space can have damaging consequences for all of us . For example,
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