ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

WASHINGTON – Senator Eric Schmitt, Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Space and Science Subcommittee, along with Senator Kristen Sinema (I-AZ), sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) seeking answers on how the agency is focusing its efforts to address issues and delays with its launch and reentry licensing regulations to keep pace with the demands of commercial spaceflight activities and the threat of U.S. adversaries in space:

“It is no secret that the United States is in a space race with China – our chief economic and military adversary. We cannot be our own worst enemy when it comes to beating China to the moon and Mars. Further agency delays and turf wars only further put our nation at a disadvantage – regulatory certainty and clarity is essential to allow our nation and commercial space industry plan for the future. I will continue to be a voice for responsible innovation in space here in Washington,” said Senator Eric Schmitt.

BACKGROUND:

As Ranking Member of the Space and Science Subcommittee, Sen. Schmitt recently participated in a hearing on October 18, 2023, entitled “Promoting Safety, Innovation, and Competitiveness in U.S. Commercial Human Space Activities”. 

Watch here to view the Senator’s opening statement and questioning, where he stresses the importance of streamlined, light-touch regulations in leveraging our nation’s commercial space industry to winning a 21st Century space race.  

Specifically, the letter asks: