On October 6, the President released the administration’s new space initiative (you can find the official report here). The policy seems to open up the possibility of more space travel and exploration, though it uses limitations like “affordable.” Another interesting aspect of the policy is its anti-litter initiative that aims to reduce the amount of man made space debris to preserve the use of space for future generations. This is probably the most useful environmental policy the Bush Administration has ever released. The “scary” part of the policy is the possible security uses of this kind of program. The questionable aspect of the policy statement is the orbital photoreconniassance initiative. Given the President’s willingness to bend the law, I have no doubt that this will work against civil liberties when the President wants to point a satellite at the United States. Regardless, this is a good direction for the president to go.
By: R. Andrew Smith
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