While the Obama Administration issued a new national space policy fairly quickly, releasing it in late June of 2010, it has been slower to develop more specific space policies, such as in the area of space transportation. While there were indications last year that the policy could be done by the fall, no policy has yet been released, and an administration official Thursday offered no specifics about just when that policy might be released.
“We continue to work the national space transportation policy,” said John Olson, assistant director for space and aeronautics in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, at the FAA Commercial Space Transportation conference in Washington Thursday morning. Neither in his speech, nor in the question and answer period that followed, though, did he indicate when the policy might be released. “Significant progress has been made” on the policy, he said later. “It is in work.”
Olson didn’t give specifics about what the policy might contain, since it hasn’t been released yet, but reassured conference attendees that its contents will not come “as a surprise” when it is released. “In many cases, we’ve already implemented many of the principles” of the policy as various agencies implement the overall national space policy, he said.