This newsletter marks the policy newsletter switching to once every two weeks, instead of the previous weekly schedule. We will occasionally send out a newsletter during the off week if we believe there is a surge of noteworthy policy updates. Many of these newsletters have not been getting sent out; we have streamlined the process to ensure the newsletter becomes a reliable, steady source of policy updates going forward.
SFF Policy Team
The Russian government has responded to US and EU sanctions with their own sanctions. The sanctions and rising tensions have not yet tangibly affected cooperation in space between the US and Russia, specifically with regards to the ISS and the Russian RD-180 rocket engine. The Foundation hopes for a swift resolution between the US and Russia to ensure space cooperation between the countries in the future. SpacePolicyOnline
A meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group, a NASA chartered community-based advisory group, was held before Congress went on its current recess. Many of the scientists sought not just for changes in the Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM), but for ARM to be cancelled. Over the past few months, a growing voice has emerged in the space community against ARM. SpacePolitics.com
Six Alabama aerospace suppliers have recently sent key members of Alabama’s Congressional delegation a letter encouraging them to support launch competition. Members of the delegation contacted include Rep. Brooks and Sen. Shelby, both of whom have traditionally stood against launch competition. The Foundation sees launch competition as an essential step to space settlement. SpacePolitics.com
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