March Storm 2019 Washington DC Congressional Visits

March Storm attendees participated in congressional office visits, meetings with key committee staffers, attending committee hearings, and delivery of National Space Society petitions. The event ran from Sunday, March 10th through Thursday, March 14th. Twenty six (26) citizen advocates came together in Washington DC to complete 86 total meetings. 76 of these meetings were with key committee members, resulting in 91% coverage of the key committees. New this year was the partnership of NSS and Waypaver Foundation to fund the work of Aaron Oesterle, who is working full time in D.C. on behalf of our policy points. 

Below is our original announcement of this event:

The Alliance for Space Development (ASD), sponsored by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), is holding the annual March Storm Washington DC Blitz March 10-14, 2019. Sunday March 10 will be an all-day training event, followed by up to four days of Congressional visits. Blitzers are asked to commit to a minimum of 1 day of Congressional visits, but those days can be picked from among March 11-14. The mandatory training session will take place at the Holiday Inn Arlington, but it is otherwise not an official March Storm hotel, and attendees are encouraged to stay wherever is convenient financially. You must be a U.S. resident to participate.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE.

March Storm 2019 will support the Alliance for Space Development 2019 objectives:

1. Make space development and settlement part of NASA, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Space Commerce’s official mission.

2. Require the Office of Space Commerce to produce a Space Development Plan.

3. Support planetary defense by moving NEOCam forward in fiscal year 2020.

For more information on these goals and their talking points, see ASD 2019 Objectives (PDF).

See also the draft Space Development and Settlement Act of 2019.

March Storm is the premier citizen-run, space related Congressional visit event of 2019. The training will prepare you to meet with Congresspersons and staffers even if you have no prior experience. Experts will coach you how to make the best pitch for our future in space. Please join us in Washington DC March 10, 2019 and see how you can make an impact.

For questions, please contact Ian Burrell, ASD Advocacy Coordinator, at ian.burrell@allianceforspacedevelopment.org. For registered attendees, feel free to join the March Storm 2019 Facebook group to share hotel and flight information, coordinate ride-shares, and otherwise become familiar with the other attendees prior to the event.

(More information about past March Storms.)

2019 International Space Development Conference June 6-9

ISDC 2019 is organized by the National Space Society (NSS) and will be held in Arlington, Virginia, June 6-9, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel.

The International Space Development Conference® (ISDC® 2019) is where people from all around the world connect and share the latest breakthroughs in space exploration, development, and settlement. ISDC® 2019 is the perfect place for space leaders, astronauts, enthusiasts and the next generation of experts to meet. ISDC® attracts men and women of all ages; each bringing unique skills and backgrounds such as: aerospace industry leaders and startups, space exploration pioneers, academic thought leaders, and space supporters – all united by a common goal; to discuss the latest discoveries and projects on space development and settlement.

Information and registration.

Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016 Introduced

The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016 (H.R. 4752) was introduced March 16 by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher “to require the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to investigate and promote the exploration and development of space leading to human settlements beyond Earth, and for other purposes.”

The Alliance for Space Development urges members and supporters of its affiliated organizations to call or write your Congressional Representative today and request that he or she co-sponsor H.R. 4752 (the Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016). You should specifically ask that the space staffer for your Representative should contact Tony DeTora in Congressman Rohrabacher’s office to become a co-sponsor.

This bill states: “The Congress declares that expanding permanent human presence beyond low-Earth orbit in a way that enables human settlement and a thriving space economy will enhance the general welfare of the United States and requires the Administration to encourage and support the development of permanent space settlements.”

It also provides a definition: “The term ‘space settlement’ means any community of humans living beyond Earth’s atmosphere that is able to economically sustain its population through a neutral or positive balance of trade of goods and services, and is able to expand its habitable real estate as need and desire of the community may warrant and international law permits.”

The full text of the bill can be found here.