NASA leads interagency effort toward the final frontier

The federal departments of State and Commerce, with NASA, have submitted a report to the National Space Council outlining future opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and its potential economic contributions to the broader field of exploration.

The council requested NASA to lead an interagency effort to produce the report, entitled ‘A Strategy for Human Spaceflight in Low Earth Orbit and Economic Growth in Space,’ during its February meeting.

The report details four overarching goals for human spaceflight in LEO that were developed in collaboration with NASA’s interagency partners.

To achieve a continuous U.S. presence in LEO – both NASA astronauts and private citizens – in order to support the use of space by citizens, companies, academia, and international partners and to maintain a permanent American foothold on the nearest part of the space frontier.

A strategy for the future of human spaceflight in LEO and for economic growth in space will create a regulatory environment in LEO that enables American commercial activities to thrive.

Human spaceflight research in LEO will advance the technology and systems required for long-duration spaceflight systems, including systems for interplanetary travel and permanent space habitation.

The project will also expand and extend commercial opportunity though international partnerships and engagement.

These goals are among the priorities of NASA’s exploration plans for the coming years. NASA will continue to work with its interagency partners to achieve these objectives and milestones with commercial crew and advancement of long-duration human spaceflight systems.

This strategy seeks to create an innovative new framework for American leadership by reinvigorating America’s human exploration of the Moon and Mars; streamlining regulations on the commercial use of space; and establishing the first national policy for space traffic management.


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