The Biden administration has announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will helm the National Space Council, which is the principal unit for space commerce policy activities.
Harris wrote on Twitter: “As I’ve said before: In America, when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honoured to lead our National Space Council.”
According to an official, Kamala intends to put her own personal stamp on the council. Her priorities are focused on policies including the advancement of STEM education, cybersecurity, supporting the long-term sustainability of commercial space activity, and diversity in the workforce.
The National Space Council (NSC) was first created in 1989 by the administration of George HW Bush to review the US space policy and make recommendations to the president. The former President Donald Trump re-established the council in 2017, after it had been inactive since 1993.
Harris follows former Vice President Mike Pence, who was the previous chair of the council.
The Biden administration has expressed support for the Artemis programme and the Space Force, but Harris is expected to bring additional policies to the fore.