9 September 1999
US COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SITE OF SEPTEMBER NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY FEDERAL FORUM
The National Space Society (NSS) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary throughout 1999 with a series of forums around Washington. "Raising Awareness of Key Issues Regarding the Commercialization of Space" will be held September 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Auditorium (14th and Constitution). The NSS vision of people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth is realized through a mission of promoting change in social, technical, economic and political conditions to advance the day when people will live and work in space. Space incorporates some of the most important areas of high technology: software development, chip technology, sophisticated electronics, telecommunications, satellite manufacturing, life sciences, advanced materials, and launch technology. Space also captures some of the most significant issues of international trade: global markets, gaining access to remote areas, government subsidized competition, and international standardization and regulation.
Participating in the September 15 Forum are Gary R. Bachula, Acting Under Secretary for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Dan Tam, Assistant to the NASA Administrator for Commercialization and Pat Dasch, Executive Director of the National Space Society.
Bachula provides advice and assistance to the Secretary of Commerce for the formulation of new policies and program initiatives for science and technology policy matters. He oversees the Office of Space Commercialization which is responsible for numerous space issues, including: remote sensing; space transportation; global positioning satellite applications; new space-based telecommunications; and potential space-based manufacturing and processing. The panelistsŠ discussions and interactions with the audience will center around the fact that revenues generated by U.S. companies from activities directly related to space, like satellite communications services, ground equipment sales, satellite manufactuuring, launch services, and satellite remote sensing, have reached over $7 billion and have the potential to become an even more significant portion of the U.S. economy in the future.
The National Space Society, founded in 1974, is an independent non-profit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its 20,000 members worldwide actively promote a spacefaring civilization. Information on NSS and space exploration is available at http://www.nss.org/.