ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

The bipartisan bill is supported by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and SpaceX.

WASHINGTON – Recently, Senator Eric Schmitt, Ranking Member of the Space and Science Subcommittee of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, along with Chair Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), introduced the Commercial Standards Paramount to Accelerating Cosmic Exploration (SPACE) Leadership Act providing a critical extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) learning period to ensure the commercial space industry can continue to develop, while pausing onerous regulations for five years:

“Greatness is achieved though good faith and collaboration, which is exactly what the Commercial SPACE Leadership Act aims to accomplish. By allowing private companies the leeway to drive and provide input on future commercial human space flight regulations, we are facilitating a new era that maintains and improves our competitiveness in space. Continuing the ‘light touch’ approach provided by the learning period and creating new areas for industry to provide input is crucial to supporting the commercial space sector and our nation’s larger space endeavors. Simply put, this bill keeps regulations at bay for another five years, allowing industry and the government to continue to work towards an eventual framework,” said Senator Eric Schmitt.

“Our bipartisan legislation enhances commercial space travel by increasing safety and ensuring America’s continued leadership in space innovation and exploration,”said Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) applauds Senators Sinema and Schmitt, bipartisan Senate Subcommittee on Space and Science leadership, for introducing this important legislation,” said Karina Drees, Commercial Spaceflight Federation President. “The commercial space industry is eager to work with its government partners in Congress and the executive branch to chart a productive path forward that continues to promote human spaceflight innovation and safety. The framework laid out in this bill puts our nation on that path.”

“Virgin Galactic welcomes the introduction of the Commercial SPACE Leadership Act of 2024. This legislation will promote the safe and continued growth of the commercial human spaceflight industry and further the goal of making space more accessible. The bill continues the success of the learning period and creates key roles for government and industry to build critical expertise as more people venture to space,” said Virgin Galactic.

“Blue Origin strongly supports the Commercial SPACE Leadership Act of 2024. This bill’s emphasis on sustained collaboration will ensure that the Office of Commercial Space Transportation benefits from the experience gained by human spaceflight providers. An extended learning period will enable us to build on our strong foundations of safety and innovation as the industry continues to grow. We thank subcommittee Chair Sinema and Ranking Member Schmitt for their bipartisan work on this timely legislation,” said Megan Mitchell, Vice President, Government Relations at Blue Origin

“SpaceX supports this bill, particularly its focus on efficient licensing modernization to keep pace with commercial innovation and the industry’s demonstrated commitment to safety,” saidWilliam Gerstenmaier, VP, Build & Flight Reliability, at SpaceX.

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The Commercial SPACE Leadership Act specifically: