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SPACE

WEEKLY

MAY 24, 2021 

HOW FAR WILL WE GO: A WEEKLY UPDATE

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team Space, 

Have you seen Moana? No? Well, then I guess you don't have kids under 10. Well - since I have two under 10 - I have seen Moana roughly the same number of times as the number of fibers there are in my carpet. A lot... Anyway - the point of referencing Moana is a song the protagonist sings when she is trying to determine whether she should stay on her island or venture forth into the unknown. What struck me as I listened to this song for the 3,784,219th time is that she might also be singing about us at the Foundation.

Why? Well, because we all could be doing safe jobs, building a typical nonprofit, or even just setting smaller goals. But something is calling us to more. And so we have set sail - seeking the line where the sky meets the sea - because settling for less isn't an option. And we'll find out with you just how far we will go.

Let's check-in and see where we have been - and what is on the horizon.

ADDING THE SPACE CORPORATION ACT TO THE ENDLESS FRONTIER ACT

This week the Senate is moving the Endless Frontier Act (S.1260) towards a floor vote - and since this bill has seen several dozen additional provisions added onto it - we have begun persuading Senate leadership and their staffs to add our SPACE Corporation Act to it as well. With the ultimate aim of S.1260 being to bolster the U.S.'s research and development spending while also investing in an advanced industrial base - John Chwat, our Government Relations Director, has been making the case that our bill fits perfectly.

 

Simultaneously John has presented the SPACE Corporation Act to five different Senate offices - all of whom are beginning to draft provisions for various infrastructure proposals. These offices will also be involved in helping adapt the FY 2022 budget that President Biden will be submitting this Friday.

UPCOMING PANEL WITH THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE PRESIDENCY AND CONGRESS

I had two great outreach conversations this week - albeit in totally different ways. The first was with the Space Policy lead at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. They recently studied how the Defense Department can revamp its space acquisition process to better support rapid development. There is more to both the report and what we talked about, but in the end, we agreed to develop a virtual panel on 2-3 potential options for the government to support the space economy better. We will have at least one Congressperson on the panel, and I will present the SPACE Corporation Act as one of the options.

HEALTHY DEBATE WITH SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER, ECHOSTAR

The other excellent outreach conversation was with Echostar's government relations lead - where I was reminded that I would never survive on the West Coast. She is from New York City - and was delightfully blunt - allowing us to openly debate, cajole and critique the components of the SPACE Corporation Act (although it would have sounded like arguing to you Westies). We left the call agreeing to continue talking this next week after she presents our case to her (and DISH TV's) CEO on Monday.

PLEASE WELCOME PAUL CORDA TO THE F4F TEAM

I am excited to introduce Paul Corda - our new intern. I first met Paul during this year's March Storm - and my impression of him has only grown since. Paul is a driven space advocate with aerospace education and experience in space policy advocacy - and I'm excited to work with him to use that policy experience to craft policy-relevant analyses of the space economy.

MAKING A CASE FOR A “KINDERGARTEN TO ORBIT PIPELINE” IN THE NEW SPACE ECONOMY

We are continuing planning on our Workforce for the Future pilot program - having several planning meetings this week. We will work towards certifying a handful of school / educational institutes while simultaneously working with some mid-sized companies to refine what core competencies we need to distill from the more generalized framework we have now (draft attached). This will be more of a software rollout than a curriculum one - so expect version 1.1 soon. If you are interested in participating in the pilot program on either the education or organization side, please let us know HERE.

JOIN US WEDNESDAY VIA WEBINAR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SPACE WORKFORCE INITIATIVES

REGISTER NOW for the May 26, from 8:30 - 10:00 am EDT Workforce Development themed Infrastructure for the Future (I4F) webinar.  Shelli Brunswick, COO of Space Foundation, and Bill Britton, CTO of Cal Poly, will discuss the range of careers available within the space economy and the importance of filling the "kindergarten to orbit" pipeline now. The I4F webinar will be streamed live from MGMWERX in Alabama, so I’ll be heading there. I have a handful of meetings scheduled with state and local educational leaders to see if there is alignment between their efforts and our W4F initiative.

 

My youngest daughter's birthday is Thursday, so I'll also be headed up to Minneapolis to celebrate that - so if you need me Thursday/Friday, I'll have limited availability. Well, unless your name is @John Chwat - then you have access 24/7.

 

So that is where we have been and a glimpse of where we are going. I'm excited to see what this next week brings - and hopefully, I will see some of you out there.

Until then,

-T

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TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tim Chrisman is a former Army intelligence advisor, security officer, and most recently, a CIA officer supporting the national space council and the Joint Staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds two master's degrees - one in Intelligence Studies, and one in International Relations and Affairs from American University. Tim is the author of the book Humanity in Space and of various articles about the expanse of our civilization in space.

Tim’s next challenge and mission is to create the backbone of America's next century in space. In 2020, Tim co-founded Foundation For The Future, a scientific education and public works advocacy foundation, dedicated to one goal: the creation of a space infrastructure administration. This will be a public-private partnership to create jobs in the new space economy, new opportunities for innovators, and ultimately space access for all.

MAY 17, 2021 

IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS, A WEEKLY UPDATE

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team Space, 

I'm no fan of musicals - that could be a vestige of those being the main sources of entertainment in my childhood - or because there are very few car chases in musicals. Either way - for someone who doesn't like musicals - it is a big thing for me to be quoting a musical here. So why am I? Well...the short answer is....ah who am I kidding? There isn't a short version.

Long-time readers of this newsletter know that what we are doing is a once-in-a-generation effort. We ask Congress to head off a future crisis while also investing in our country's future success. This is not normally a recipe for success. Yet here we are. Like the creation of the District of Columbia - we are asking Congress to take bold action to ensure the success of our country.

Overdramatic? Maybe. But no one In The Room Where It Happen(ed) thought they were going to be talked about for hundreds of years. And similarly - the choices made by Congress in the next few months will resonate for decades to come.

So then - it is time. Everything we have done to this point has been in preparation for now. We have a platform. A plan. A cadre of Pathfinders. And at last, Congress is considering a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill. That bill will pass. All that remains is for our idea to Be In The Room Where It Happens.

And so we will take it there.

With that - let's look at what the team has done this last week during our relentless march to that Room.

PROGRESS ON THE HILL - THE ENDLESS FRONTIER ACT AND PPD 21

This week we took a two-track outreach to Congressional Members - one focused on the Endless Frontier Act, and the other focused on the Department of Homeland Security's review of Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD 21).

On the Endless Frontier track, we went directly to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, who was debating the bill and highlighted the synergy between this bill - which funds NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other research initiatives - and the SPACE Corporation Act. Committee staff were largely receptive to our outreach. With this bill holding a large number of Member Directed Community Spending (read: earmarks) - this bill remains a viable target for the SPACE Corporation to be attached to for quick passage.

On the PPD 21 side, we support the efforts of Representative Lieu (D-CA), who has insisted that space be declared a critical infrastructure sector and said if needed, he will pass legislation to designate space as the 17th critical infrastructure category.

If you missed last week's explanation of critical infrastructure sectors - then here is a totally awesome and WAY too lengthy guide from 2008. Explanation aside - we are working with Rep Lieu's office to help ensure that industry adds its voice to this important issue. One of the ways we did this was our letter to the President and Vice President this week. At the same time, we are making the case that since space is such a big deal - we need new tools like the SPACE Corporation to invest in it. If this sounds like a winning proposal, then it is a sign that you are getting the gist of this paragraph. If not, keep reading because I'll change the subject soon, and you can feel on top of things again.

As a supporting effort, we reached out to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and asked to chat with them more regarding their new report on Space Policy. I expect to hear from them soon and to have an update for you here next week on insights they have into the current decision-making on the Hill and whether the CSPC is willing to assist in our advocacy push. Since their latest report recommended Congress focus on commercial and private sector investments to support space projects and space security - it seems like they are 90% of the way there. Either way, we are circulating the report to Congress to highlight yet another voice speaking to the need for space investment.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! - Open Letter to Congress

Organizations are continuing to show their support for the SPACE Corporation Act (over 50 so far), by signing our open letter to Congress, which we plan to submit on May 25, the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's The Decision to Go to the Moon speech before Congress.

If you have a space / space-adjacent company and want to add your name to our open letter to Congress - please let me know by Monday, May 24 and we’ll add you.

MEETINGS GALORE: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, CROWDFUNDING AND BOARD MEETINGS, OH MY!

We also had meetings with both Ford Next Generation Learning's director and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute. Both of these organizations have great models for distributing content and curricula to a wide range of students, and we had several additional follow-up meetings later in the week to refine how we will implement these models into our Workforce for the Future (W4F) initiative. Not enough detail? Well - then check back in the next week or so, and we will have them living on a landing page on the website.

We also had our monthly board meeting on Wednesday, where a lot of the discussion revolved around increasing the reach of our events (C4F + I4F) and systematizing our membership outreach. Ultimately, however - the membership outreach will require me to Be In The Room because we aren't selling an iPhone - we are asking for investments in a massive transformation. So we can systematize contacting companies and people, but from there, I know it is incumbent on me to demonstrate why we will deliver and what that means for potential members.

Some of the other things I didn't cover in detail included introductory calls with Ball Aerospace and Leviathan Space; planning for our I4F webinar in Alabama (with MGMWERX), and we also continued to plug away on our crowdfunding campaign design - including integration of one of our members' payloads.

Organizations are continuing to show their support for the SPACE Corporation Act (over 50 so far), by signing our open letter to Congress, which we plan to submit on May 25, the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's The Decision to Go to the Moon speech before Congress.

Since I always struggle to fill this space, I will leave it there and pretend like I covered everything.

ON DECK THIS WEEK 

As mentioned above - we are prepping for the next two of our Infrastructure webinars - with the one(Appropriations) being May 19th and our Workforce one being the week after. We also have meetings with Voyager and Challenger Center and a series of calls planned to selected Members of Congress to highlight the threat of China's space program following its landing on Mars yesterday.

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR BY TUESDAY! (Space Related Hearing this THURSDAY 5/20

This Thursday the U.S. Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee is holding another confirmation hearing on several space-related nominations for the Biden Administration.

Of particular interest to Spaceports and Launch/Reentry Operators is Carlos Monje as Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.

If you are based or have a substantial presence in any of the committee members’ states, then please contact that Senator’s office and suggest they ask this question of Carlos Monje:

“Mr. Monje, the Administration has proposed a very substantial infrastructure bill that includes several hundred billion dollars of physical infrastructure investment for transportation industries like aviation, railroads, transit, and seaports. The fastest growing and highest profile transportation sector is space transportation, where America is enjoying a revolution in new, more reliable, and more affordable launch of satellites and people into space. But while states and local governments and private industry are spending many tens of millions on infrastructure every year, the federal government provides little to no money for long term space infrastructure. For too long this has been the norm, and was no doubt an oversight on the part of the administration. But are you willing to commit to setting aside money and focus for this 21st century transportation mode?”

Please send the question to your Senator’s office no later than Tuesday, May 18 midday. Include in your request a statement that if they cannot attend the hearing in person, perhaps they could ask the Committee staff to have the Chairman or Ranking Member ask the question on their behalf during the hearing.

Thank you!

WE ARE SEEKING INTERNS

Know anyone who may be interested? Here is the link for more information - and you can email @Laila Gislason to learn more. Don't know someone who wants to intern? Well that's ok we are also looking for a wide range of volunteers to help with our ad writing, web design, video editing, and research. Let me or Laila know if you or someone you know wants to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

That covers the big things - I'll see you here this time next week....unless I see you out there In The Room...

-T

MAY 3, 2021 

THE GREAT RACE

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team Space, 

 

Well, I successfully survived my trip to South Beach in Florida. Despite me attempting to unplug and get away, the team amped things up another notch and @Brant Arseneau is currently leading in The Great Race. Ok, not that one - and we'll get into it in a second - but he has pulled ahead 9 to 7. We've also finished up our planning for May's Conversations for the Future, welcomed three new members, and lined up meetings with at least two state economic development agencies to explore them lending support for the SPACE Corporation Act.

 

So without further ado...

 

Progress on The Hill - Congressional Support of The SPACE Corporation Act

How could I start anywhere else but with The Great Race? On Tuesday, Brant, Laila, April, and I all had a call to plan how we could garner corporate signatures for an open letter to Congress to support the SPACE Corporation Act. Brant mentioned that he could easily get a couple of dozen companies to sign on during this call. I replied that I would get two companies for every one he did. And so was born the Great Race. We have contacted over 150 companies this week between the two of us, ranging from Lockheed to new startups. As mentioned above - the score stands at 9:7 (Brant), with another 50+ companies/organizations reviewing the proposal. The end of round one is 2 pm EST tomorrow (Monday 5/3) - and the final is Monday 5/10. So look for updates right here next week.

 

If you have a space / space-adjacent company and want to add your name to our open letter to Congress - by all means, let me or Brant Arseneau know (whichever team you want to win).

 

Turning to Congress - this week, our Government Relations Director, John Chwat, did special presentations on the SPACE Corporation Act to 15 Members and their staff (7 Senate / 8 House); and continued his outreach to professional staff members of the House China Task Force, the Congressional Executive Commission on China, and the House / Senate Armed Services Committees. With the launch of the core module of China's space station this week - we were able to directly tie the need for space infrastructure to the security challenges presented by China.

 

Conversations for the Future (C4F) Event - May 4 & 5 (Formerly known as Blue Marble Week)

Please join us for our first official Conversations for the Future event. The topic is Space Energy and will host a wide range of exciting speakers. If you haven't registered, please be sure to register now. Ashely and I will be on location shooting from Akron, Ohio, starting Monday and will hold at least one event in a local maker-space. This, combined with her work networking with local schools and officials, has gone a long way to raising our regional profile. We have applied many of the lessons we learned in Scranton - and expect to have a larger virtual event and our biggest local footprint to date.

 

Building the Workforce for the Future (W4F) Development Center Network

This week we had great conversations with the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance. We joined as an affiliate, and I will be presenting at their event on May 6 - you can find out more here. I am excited to work with them to learn about their member companies and explore how the SPACE Corporation Act or our Workforce for the Future initiative could help them.

 

@Paul F. Jurasin and I were on a workforce development panel at Cal Poly. I heard a lot about the need state and the efforts underway in California. We have a handful of follow-up meetings with members of the California economic development agencies to find out how we can assist them in amplifying their message while also exporting their lessons throughout our workforce development network.

 

The Endless Potential of Graphene

I also had a great conversation with Mavi Figueres- President & Co-Founderfrom Graphene CR - a company working on expanding access to, integration of, and education about sustainably produced graphene. She is doing some awesome work both here in the US and Costa Rica in providing entrepreneurs, educators, and students with access to graphene so they can experiment with different applications. With many of these applications being for/in space - there is a ton of overlap between what she is working on and what we are.

 

Other News

We are going to Vegas. No, not just as a fundraising trip where I bet everything on black. But to participate in the Star Trek convention in support of GaaaysInSpaaace. Yep - it turns out that URL was actually free until they grabbed it. Shocking, I know. But back on topic - Dan Deevy and I are working through the details - but we are definitely going - and definitely going to help them with their booth, panel, and anything else we can.

 

Way less exciting - but interesting nonetheless - I was interviewed by Andrew from the Action and Ambition Podcast and had a great time talking about how the rest of us will be in space a LOT sooner than we think. One of the things we chatted about afterward was about his software development agency could play in the space economy. I am 100% sure I didn't do justice to the software needs we inside the space economy have, so if you want to chat with Andrew about some possible developmental needs for his team to work on - please let me know, and I'll connect you.

 

 

Join us for a Webinar

Join us on May 10 at 8:30 am EST for a webinar - UNRAVELING THE COMPLEXITY Federal Appropriations and the Future of Space Development.

 

Kevin O'Connell, Former Director of the Office of Space Commerce, John Chwatt, F4F's Director of Government Relations, and I will discuss how investment in space infrastructure will yield massive economic growth and support civil and national security space efforts while creating a sustainable path for new space economy jobs. Expect to review key Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Federal budget impacts on issues including timelines, Congressional actions, and Agency funding options.

 

I look forward to seeing you all right back here next week - unless I see you out there sooner. 

 

-T