National Space Policy

On December 9, 2020, President Trump issued a National Space Policy directive providing direction for all United States space activities.

The National Space Policy sets out the nation’s commitment to leading in the responsible and constructive use of space, promoting a robust commercial space industry, returning Americans to the Moon and preparing for Mars, leading in exploration, and defending United States and allied interests in space.

The National Space Policy recognizes that a robust, innovative, and competitive commercial space sector is foundational to economic development, continued progress, and sustained American leadership in space. It commits the United States to facilitating growth of an American commercial space sector that supports the nation’s interests, is globally competitive, and advances American leadership in the generation of new markets and innovation-driven entrepreneurship.

The 2020 National Space Policy replaces the 2010 National Space Policy while retaining the other national level policies listed on our Space Policies page.