Promoting Safety, Innovation, and Competitiveness in U.S. Commercial Human Space Activities

Subcommittee on Space and Science

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Science, will convene a subcommittee hearing titled “Promoting Safety, Innovation, and Competitiveness in U.S. Commercial Human Space Activities” on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 2:00 PM ET. The hearing will consider human activities in the growing commercial space sector, focusing on safety, global competitiveness and the federal government’s role in regulating human activities in space, ranging from suborbital flights to lunar surface habitats. Experts will testify about the importance of streamlined authorization processes, safety regulations for in-space operations and responsibilities of government agencies overseeing commercial human space activities.


  • Caryn Schenewerk, President, CS Consulting
  • Wayne Monteith, President and General Manager, National Aerospace Solutions
  • Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research, Virgin Galactic
  • William Gerstenmaier, Vice President of Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • Phil Joyce, Senior Vice President of the New Shepard Business Unit, Blue Origin


WHAT: Subcommittee on Space and Science Hearing on Commercial Space
DATE: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
TIME: 2:00 PM ET
LOCATION: Committee Hearing Room, Russell 253
LIVESTREAM: The hearing will stream live on the Committee websiteTwitter and YouTube.  

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