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National Space Council Meeting

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Location: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Today, Vice President Mike Pence announced the first meeting of the National Space Council is scheduled for October 5, 2017 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The meeting, titled "Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council," will include testimonials from expert witnesses who represent the sectors of the space industry: Civil Space, Commercial Space, and National Security Space.

"At President Trump's direction, the kick-off meeting of the National Space Council will bring together all aspects and sectors of the national space enterprise for the first time in a quarter century," said Vice President Pence. "This meeting will provide an opportunity for the Administration to lay out its vision for space exploration. As President Trump said, 'We're a nation of pioneers, and the next great American frontier is space.' "

President Trump signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council on June 30, 2017. Currently confirmed council members of the first meeting include: National Space Council Chairman, Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson; Secretary of Defense, James Mattis; Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross; Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao; Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke; Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney; National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster; Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats; Acting NASA Administrator, Robert Lightfoot; Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Michael Kratsios; and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul J. Selva.

Welcoming remarks from Vice President Pence

10:20-11:05 am ET: We Will Lead Again Civil Space

Marillyn Hewson, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin
Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO, Boeing
David Thompson, President and CEO, Orbital ATK

11:05 11:35 am ET: We Will Inspire Again Commercial Space

Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX
Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin
Fatih Ozmen, CEO, Sierra Nevada Corporation

11:35 12:05 pm ET: We Will Hold the High Ground Again National Security Space

Michael Griffin, former NASA Administrator
Adm. James Ellis (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
Pamela Melroy, former space shuttle commander and former Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

12:05 pm ET: Concluding Remarks by Vice President Pence

The meeting will be webcast live at

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