Andrew Rush, the President and CEO of Made In Space, has been appointed to serve on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) as a representative member, and as Chair of its Regulatory and Policy Committee for a three-year term. Made In Space has worked with NASA in recent years to implement 3D printing aboard the International Space Station and to develop innovative satellite manufacturing technologies.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve as chairman of the NASA Advisory Council’s Regulatory and Policy Committee and I am humbled by this opportunity,” said Rush of the appointment. “I look forward to working with respected colleagues and Administrator Bridenstine to address important policy issues impacting the agency’s mission.”
The appointment was enacted on February 26, 2020 by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and sees Rush join other committee members from the aerospace industry, as well as from academia and other relevant sectors. The Regulatory and Policy Committee’s functions include advising on NASA-related civil space regulation and policy related to regulation, legislation and interagency and international governance issues. The overall aim of the committee is to advance the United States’ civil space economy and policy objectives.
Rush will bring his experience from the commercial sector to the committee. Throughout his career, he has supported the creation of public-private partnerships to accelerate NASA’s flagship missions and introduce new and cutting edge technologies, such as 3D printing, to the sector. His direct experience with aligning business roadmaps with emerging technologies will position him as a key voice on policy issues.
Rush has served as President and CEO of Made In Space since 2015, a year after the company launched the first 3D printer to the ISS. In his tenure, he has led the expansion of the company’s portfolio across three areas: satellite manufacturing, payload development and opertations and deep space exploration solutions.