Rajeev Badyal, an Indian-American, is one of 30 individuals chosen by US Vice President Kamala Harris to serve on the Users Advisory Group for the National Space Council (UAG).
The Project Kuiper initiative, which aims to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites to deliver low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities worldwide, is currently led by Badyal at Amazon.
Badyal will assist the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to maintain a strong and responsible US space enterprise and preserve space for present and future generations as a chosen member of the UAG, according to a statement from the White House.
According to the statement, the UAG will offer advice and recommendations to the National Space Council on issues pertaining to space policy and strategy, including but not limited to government policies, laws, regulations, treaties, international instruments, programs, and practices in the civil, commercial, international, and national security space sectors.
The members are presently awaiting Bill Nelson, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to officially appoint them (NASA).
The candidates chosen by Harris, who chairs the National Space Council, are a cross-section of businesses and organizations that support the US’s substantial and highly skilled space workforce; consumers of space services, such as providers of services for agriculture and climate science; people working to train the next generation of space professionals; and eminent space experts.
Harris had revealed at a space council meeting in September that retired US Air Force general Lester Lyles would preside over the board. Additionally, Lyles is the head of the NASA Advisory Council.
Badyal was the vice president of Satellites at SpaceX prior to joining Amazon. From Oregon State University, he holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.
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