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THE TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR SPACE FINANCE

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ADVOCATING FOR THE FUTURE OF SPACE FINANCE

Association For The Future is the trade association with the overarching intent to increase awareness at the state and federal level about the unique needs of the space finance sector. Initially this organization will create a forum to advocate for the specific needs of space finance and a vehicle by which the interests and concerns of the sector can be heard by lawmakers and the broader public. 

The Associations key priorities are broadly to buy down the risk of investing in space, reduce the regulatory burden on the sector, and ensure the sector’s unique needs are advocated for. Each priority will have one or more lines of effort to advance said priority with the Administration, Congress, and state governments. Throughout the 114th Congress, which runs until December 2022, the Association will hold a series of events, publish white papers, and advocate on behalf of the space finance sector.

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PRIORITY 1

Advocate for new federally backed financial tools to buy down the risk of investment in space.

  • Line of Effort 1. Passage of the SPACE Corporation Act

  • Line of Effort 2. Passage of expansions to the Department of Energy, Development Finance Corporation, and the Small Business Administration’s loan guarantee programs to include specific carve outs for the space sector

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PRIORITY 2

Reduce regulatory burdens for companies seeking to raise capital whether through initial-public offerings, crowdfunding, or debt financing.

  • Line of Effort 1. Amend the definition of accredited investor and revise certain provisions of Reg D to include a carve out for space-related investments

  • Line of Effort 2. Promote private investment and secondary market trading through the creation of a space-focused commodities exchange

  • Line of Effort 3. Create a SEC waiver for space-focused investment that accounts for the high cost of entry for space companies

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PRIORITY 3

Raise the profile of the space finance sector

  • Line of Effort 1. Create forum for industry policy and thought leadership

  • Line of Effort 2. Establish ongoing government-focused education events

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These priorities have been approved by a majority vote of the association’s founding members as of 1 November 2021 and will remain in effect until their first review on/about February 2022. For more information you can contact the Association’s Executive Director, Tim Chrisman at tim@f4f.space or 931-216-4466.