An Initial Reagan Space Policy
After an 11-month review, a new National Space Policy was announced by President Reagan on July 4, 1982. That policy did not reflect major changes to existing NASA programs, but placed increased emphasis on private sector and military space activities. A lasting impact of the policy was to create a Senior Interagency Group for Space [SIG (Space)], operating under the auspices of the National Security Council and having as members heads of major executive branch agencies or their deputies. SIG (Space) was to be the forum for developing Reagan administration space policy. President Reagan announced the new policy as he watched space shuttle orbiter Columbia land at Edwards Air Force Base in the California high desert after its fourth flight and as the transport plane carrying the second orbiter, Challenger, took off, headed to the Kennedy Space Center to enter service.