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[cdn-nucl-l] space nuclear power: new US national space policy
New Bush Space Policy Unveiled, Stresses U.S. Freedom of Action
By Leonard David, Senior Space Writer
posted: 07 October 2006
U.S. President George W. Bush has authorized a sweeping new national space
policy, green-lighting an overarching national policy that governs the
conduct of America’s space activities.
Without fanfare, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
(OSTP) rolled out the National Space Policy on October 6—a document that
supersedes a September 1996 version of the directive. President Bush signed
off on the new space policy on August 31.
A 10-page unclassified version of the U.S. National Space Policy was posted
Friday on the OSTP web site.
Across the solar system
The Bush space policy supports use of space nuclear power systems to “enable
or significantly enhance space exploration or operational capabilities.” The
document adds that utilization of nuclear power systems “shall be consistent
with U.S. national and homeland security, and foreign policy interests, and
take into account the potential risks.”
The policy highlights an interagency approval process for space launch and
in-space use of nuclear power sources.
For the complete White House National Space Policy Document, go to:
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