Bridenstine on FAA/AST Transcript

Mr. Bridenstine - It is my honor. Thank you. Chairman Diaz-Balart, Ranking Member Price, Mr. Culberson and Mr. Valadao, it's an honor to be here.

I wanted to bring up something regarding infrastructure that a lot of people don't think about. When you think about infrastructure, when you think about roads, and bridges, highways, we think about hospitals and schools. One piece of infrastructure that I think a lot of people don't consider is launch.

Space has transformed our way of life. The way we communicate, the way we navigate, the way we produce food, the way we produce energy, the way we provide security, do disaster relief, the way we do banking depends on GPS for example.

All of these capabilities require infrastructure and as you look how things are moving forward now, what used to be the domain of government, space, is now the domain of private operators and commercial operators. And when you think about things like remote sensing and imagery, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency now uses a commercial space program to buy data from commercial providers for intelligence. When you think about communications the Department of Defense, for its routine communications, uses about 80% commercial satellites. Satellites that are launched to provide broadband from space, DirectTV, the internet, are now being leased by the Department of Defense to provide communication capabilities for the warfighter...

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