Our Time on the Hill: HPA Hill Day 2015

On June 9, 2015, the Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) held its third annual Hill Day, continuing with our aim of educating congressional representatives about the benefits of commercially hosted payloads. Nineteen HPA member volunteers descended on the Capitol and held meetings with staff in 37 offices in both the House and Senate including:

  • the office of Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas);
  • professional staff, both minority and majority, for the House Space Subcommittee;
  • Senate professional staff from Majority and Minority of the Space Science and Technology Committee;
  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK); and
  • professional staff from the Senate and House Armed Forces Committees.

Overall the HPA volunteers felt Hill Day was a success. On both sides of the aisle, we met potential new “champions” for the hosted payload cause; we reinforced the economic value of hosted payloads for the government; and we raised awareness of the HPA, our mission and member organizations.
HPA Hill Day
HPA member volunteers Rob Clark, Harris Corporation, and Jasmine Almond,
Arianespace, meet with Hunter Rome and Sean McLean from the office of
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). ©HPA 2015

The discussions sparked opportunities to find ways for industry to address various concerns such as the creation of an industry standard interface and how to procure it, and the resiliency of commercial vehicles and vulnerability related to hostile threats to national security.

The following HPA member organizations participated: Arianespace, Eutelsat, Harris, Intelsat General, Inmarsat, L-3 Cincinnati Electronics, Thales Alenia, Iridium, Space Foundation and SES.

Here is the flyer we left behind after our visits.