How Do We Ensure that the U.S. Stays the Leader in Space? Coalition of the Nation's Space Organizations to Release Recommendations at Newsmaker March. 4, 10 a.m.

Feb 29, 2016, 10:45 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of a dozen space organizations, representing aerospace professionals from industry, academia, and government, will present recommendations and release a joint white paper, "Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space," at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference, Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m., in the club's Zenger Room.  Speaking on behalf of the coalition:

  • Sandra H. Magnus, former space shuttle astronaut and Executive Director of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Elliot H. Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation
  • Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation


For nearly sixty years, U.S. government and private sector investment—and public-private partnerships—have made possible a $330 billion global space industry, established new technologies, revolutionized national security, enabled and extended global communication networks and inspired millions of Americans to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

However, today there are serious challenges to U.S. leadership in space that the next administration and Congress will have to address. Friday's discussion will delve into unpredictable budgeting, foreign competition, the hostile space environment, and workforce trends. In addition to detailing the challenges, speakers at the March 4 Newsmaker will explore policy recommendations and actions necessary to continue our nation's leadership in space.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.  This event is open to credentialed media and NPC members, free of charge. No advanced registration is required.

Contact:  Jamie Horwitz, NPC Newsmakers Chair, 202-549-4921,

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