Risks, Opportunities, and Oversight of Commercial Space

June 20, 2012

253 Russell Senate Office Building

Feature Image: Capitol 1WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space will hold a hearing on the “Risks, Opportunities, and Oversight of Commercial Space.”  This hearing will examine the commercial space industry, its role in the nation’s space program, and its contribution to U.S. global competitiveness.  The hearing will also review progress of commercial efforts to transport cargo and crew to the International Space Station which are key components of the overall approach to U.S. human space flight established by the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. William H. Gerstenmaier

    Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Col. Pamela A. Melroy USAF (ret.)

    Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Commercial Space Transportation
    Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dr. Gerald L. Dillingham

    Director of Civil Aviation Issues
    U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Michael N. Gold

    Director, D.C. Operations and Business Growth
    Bigelow Aerospace, LLC
  • Capt. Michael Lopez-Alegria USN (ret.)

    Commercial Spaceflight Federation