From 1995 through 2008 a group of space advocates (organized in most years by the grassroots lobbying group ProSpace) held an annual lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill called March Storm (so named for the month the event took place). ProSpace did not perform a March Storm in 2009, though, citing “resource and time limitations”. However, according to an email from the Space Frontier Foundation this morning, March Storm will return in 2010. The event is still in the “early planning process”, according to the message, and how it will be run isn’t clear: the email referred to “The Space Frontier Foundation’s March Storm 2010″, and not “ProSpace’s March Storm 2010″.
“I think that it’s critical that Congress hears a pro-space (as opposed to a pro-industry or pro-NASA) agenda often. We had many successes as a result of our past efforts,” said Mike Heney, the March Storm project manager. “Which is why I was saddened when March Storm was allowed to fade away – and why I’ve decided to join with a group of like-minded March Storm veterans to resurrect this valuable event.”