White House Announces Members of National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group

White House Announces Members of National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group

On the eve of the second meeting of the National Space Council, the White House announced the 29 members of the Council’s Users’ Advisory Group.  Composed of non-federal government representatives, it reports to and provides advice solely to the Council.

The Space Council will hold its second public meeting tomorrow at Kennedy Space Center, FL.   As of 11:00 pm ET tonight, the White House had not released an agenda or list of speakers.  The meeting, “Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier,” reportedly will focus on regulatory reform for commercial space activities.  It begins at 10:00 am ET and will be broadcast on NASA TV and livestreamed at NASA Live (www.nasa.gov/nasalive).

Just before 8:00 pm ET this evening, the White House issued a press release with the names of the Users’ Advisory Group members.  The list is as follows:

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

Tory Bruno, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance 

Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman

Dean Cheng, Scholar at the Heritage Foundation 

Eileen Collins, 4-time Shuttle astronaut, first female shuttle commander 

Steve Crisafulli, Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives 

Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and CEO of The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration  

Adm. Jim Ellis, Retired 4-star Admiral, former head of STRATCOM, and member of the Space Foundation Board of Directors

Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity Space

Newt Gingrich, Author, former Speaker of the House

Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation

Homer Hickam, Author of the book “Rocket Boys” and former NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center engineer

Governor Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama

Fred Klipsch, Founder and Chairman of Hoosiers for Quality Education

Les Lyles, Retired 4-star Air Force General and member of the NASA Advisory Council

Pam Melroy, 3-time Shuttle astronaut and former Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of the Boeing Company

Fatih Ozmen, CEO of the Sierra Nevada Corporation

G.P. Bud Peterson, President of the Georgia Institute of Technology

Jack Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut and former Senator 

Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX

Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin 

Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation 

David Thompson, Founder and CEO of Orbital ATK

Pamela Vaughan, Board Certified Science Teacher

Mandy Vaughn, President of VOX Launch Company 

Stu Witt, Founder of Mojave Air and Spaceport, former Navy pilot, former Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

David Wolf, 4-time Shuttle astronaut and physician

Pete Worden, Former Air Force General and NASA Ames Center Director


Pursuant to the Executive Order signed by President Trump on June 30, 2017 reestablishing the Council (E.O. 13803), the Users’ Advisory Group members serve without compensation for their work for the Group, but their travel costs are covered.


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