2019 Fall Fury Home District Congressional Visits

It’s time for this year’s Fall Fury Home District Blitz sign-up!

Sign-up link:  https://forms.gle/NgTMdY7MjgcmcM9d8

For those of you unaware, Fall Fury (previously August Blitz) is an Alliance for Space Development event which takes place right at home. Like other congressional visits, those who sign up will have the opportunity to meet with congressional staff in your home state. Meetings will be scheduled around your availability, and with your congressman’s home office. For those of you who could not make it to DC events like March Storm, this is for you!

Briefing material will be provided by the alliance and will include several policy points regarding commercialization and other important aspects of Space policy. We would like to remind everyone that these policy points are not the only issues the Alliance supports, but rather the three most likely to be supported in the current Congress. Here is a detailed breakdown of this year’s talking points:

  1. Supporting Space Development: Space offers extraordinary value to humanity, but will require large-scale economic, technical, artistic, and societal development. There are currently three bills which will add crucial language to NASA’s plan, such as the Advancing Human Spaceflight Act. 
  2. Supporting the Space Frontier Act: The bipartisan Space Frontier Act includes language to further the development of Space. Specifics include improving provisions for commercial launch license applications, authorizing a NASA LEO commercialization plan, and raising the standing of the Office of Space Commerce. The bill is sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz [R-TX], Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ], Edward J. Markey [D-MA], Roger F. Wicker [R-MS], Gary C. Peters [D-MI], and Rick Scott [R-FL]. A copy of the bill can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/919. See also our FAQ on the subject.

  3. Supporting the NASA NEOCam mission: NASA’s NEOCam mission is an infrared telescope which will detect asteroids in and around the local area of the solar system. This mission builds on previous congressional goals of detecting more near-Earth objects, as well as a public survey which placed planetary protection as an extremely high priority. More info here: https://neocam.ipac.caltech.edu

Our talking point slides cover these three items as well as other specifics about the Alliance for Space Development.

People from all parts of the country are invited to join, whether a member of Alliance organizations or not. Feel free to invite co-workers, fellow students, family and anyone else passionate about space!  This year, we are especially looking for members in key space states including California, Texas, Florida, Colorado and Virginia. 

If you have any questions before signing up, please contact ASD Executive Coordinator Ian Burrell at ian.burrell@allianceforspacedevelopment.org

(More information about past legislative blitzes.)

2020 International Space Development Conference May 28-31

ISDC 2020 is organized by the National Space Society (NSS) and will be held in Dallas, Texas, May 28-31, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Convention Center.

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.