Trump signs new Space Policy Directive

Trump signs new Space Policy Directive

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) - President Donald Trump signed a new Space Policy Directive on Thursday.

His aim is to update what he calls outdated space policies. The framework is aimed at ensuring American leadership in outer space.

The new rules direct the Secretary of Transportation to set up a new system to manage the launches and landings of commercial spacecraft. The Commerce Secretary has 30 days to create a one-stop shop to administer and regulate those flights.

"This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint. We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars," Trump said in a statement from the White House.

Also, the FAA will be getting more money to be able to process licensing, launch requests, and other functions it hasn't had to do before.

Vice President Mike Pence gave the following statement:

President Trump today signed Space Policy Directive-2 implementing four recommendations made by the National Space Council on February 21, 2018 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This directive will encourage American leadership in space commerce by creating more certainty for investors and private industry, while focusing on protecting our national security and public-safety. As President Trump says, "We're a nation of pioneers, and the next great American frontier is space."

Here is the policy as stated in a White House release:

REFORMING SPACE POLICY: President Trump's Space Policy Directive – 2 reforms America's commercial space regulatory framework, ensuring our place as a leader in space commerce.

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