July 6 -- The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)—on behalf of the Cislunar Science and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)—requests input to help inform development of a national science and technology strategy on U.S. activities in cislunar space. For the purposes of this RFI, cislunar space is defined as the entire region beyond Earth's geostationary orbit still subject to the Earth's and/or Moon's gravity, including orbits around the Moon and the lunar surface. The strategy will include key U.S. government research and development (R&D) priorities and proposed technical standards to enable a robust, cooperative, and sustainable ecosystem in cislunar space. Responses must be received by July 20, 2022 to be considered.
OSTP is soliciting public input through an RFI to obtain feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders, including individuals, industry, academia, research laboratories, nonprofits, and think tanks. OSTP is specifically interested in public input to inform a national science and technology strategy for U.S. activities in cislunar space, referring to the entire region beyond Earth's geostationary orbit still subject to the Earth's and/or Moon's gravity, including orbits around the Moon and the lunar surface. OSTP seeks response to either or both of the following questions:
1. What research and development should the U.S. government prioritize to help advance a robust, cooperative, and sustainable ecosystem in cislunar space in the next 10 years? And over the next 50 years?
2. What key technical standards are most useful to develop in support of activities in cislunar space, and how could these standards enable and support a vibrant and sustainable cislunar ecosystem?