Abstract Title

March Storm 2017

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Authors' Class Standing

Angelica Gould, Sophomore

Lead Presenter's Name

Amador Salinas

Faculty Mentor Name

Diane Howard

Abstract

The commercial space industry is emerging out of the technological advances made in the last half century. Much like the aerospace industry, policy and law are needed to regulate what can and cannot be done in space. This has been known since the launch of the first man-made object put into orbit. Laws and regulations pertaining to the use of space have been drafted and will continue to be necessary.

This project examines legislative advocacy tactics and advocate training procedures during a weeklong legislative blitz on Capitol Hill. Through applied research in the planning, execution, and results of citizen advocacy, the impact of a legislative campaign will be examined. The “Citizens’ Space Agenda” consists of pro-space legislative proposals supported by national non-profit space groups. The leaders of the March Storm blitz schedule meetings with congressional offices, committees, and executive offices. With no lobbying experience necessary, volunteers are trained on the agenda and advocacy techniques to employ during congressional meetings. Throughout the week, advocates are tasked with compiling after-action reports for each congressional meeting detailing the agenda items discussed and the offices’ reactions. Upon the resolution of the blitz, organizers will follow up with congressional staff to monitor the results of the specific asks made. The entire process will be analyzed and a critique offered.

This research, which will be included in the overall group presentation by the students who are going to March Storm, involves the efforts of the branches of the Federal Government in producing space legislation that will then be placed into the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. Research will include how the statutes affect the policy of the United States for operating in space and the direction it gives to its federal agencies to do so.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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March Storm 2017

The commercial space industry is emerging out of the technological advances made in the last half century. Much like the aerospace industry, policy and law are needed to regulate what can and cannot be done in space. This has been known since the launch of the first man-made object put into orbit. Laws and regulations pertaining to the use of space have been drafted and will continue to be necessary.

This project examines legislative advocacy tactics and advocate training procedures during a weeklong legislative blitz on Capitol Hill. Through applied research in the planning, execution, and results of citizen advocacy, the impact of a legislative campaign will be examined. The “Citizens’ Space Agenda” consists of pro-space legislative proposals supported by national non-profit space groups. The leaders of the March Storm blitz schedule meetings with congressional offices, committees, and executive offices. With no lobbying experience necessary, volunteers are trained on the agenda and advocacy techniques to employ during congressional meetings. Throughout the week, advocates are tasked with compiling after-action reports for each congressional meeting detailing the agenda items discussed and the offices’ reactions. Upon the resolution of the blitz, organizers will follow up with congressional staff to monitor the results of the specific asks made. The entire process will be analyzed and a critique offered.

This research, which will be included in the overall group presentation by the students who are going to March Storm, involves the efforts of the branches of the Federal Government in producing space legislation that will then be placed into the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. Research will include how the statutes affect the policy of the United States for operating in space and the direction it gives to its federal agencies to do so.

 

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