SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace expected to benefit from Trump presidency

Carmelo Sheppard | Nov 20, 2016

Pundits are predicting growth in private sector space business under a Donald Trump administration.

Although many of his policies were buried under the vitriol that many Americans expressed for thepersonal statements from the Republican candidate for U.S. President, the Donald Trump team had very specific ideas about space and the monetizing of the "final frontier". Trump senior policy advisers, Peter Navarro and Robert S. Walker, both published op-ed pieces in October, preceding the Presidential Election, that presumably spelled out the Trump administration stance on outer space.

"Government must recognize that space is no longer the province of governments alone,"wrote Walker and Navarro.

It seems that Trump will be amenable to private sector space businesses such as Bigelow Aerospace and SpaceX. U.S. President Barack Obama encouraged and helped facilitate such relationships during his administration. A Trump presidency may turn low earth orbit into an area of space that is conducive to commercial ventures. There may also be a bidding war between private entities to maintain the International Space Station. SpaceX currently has contracts with NASA to supply the ISS.

It is believed that President Elect Trump will likely cut funding from Earth Sciences including such NASA programs that monitor the Earth climate and global warming. Trump will likely divert that money to trying to keep U.S. intelligence satellites from being degraded by international entities. According to Navarro and Walker, the United States Military relies heavily on GPS, spy and communication satellites which nations such as China and Russia have the capabilities to attack.

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