Maxar's Vice President of Regulatory and Policy Joins NASA Advisory Council

by | Oct 1, 2018

WESTMINSTER, Co. “ Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, announced today that Mike Gold, Vice President of Regulatory and Policy at Maxar and General Counsel of its Radiant Solutions business, has been appointed to serve as a representative member of the NASA Advisory Council by Administrator Jim Bridenstine, where he will chair the newly formed Regulatory and Policy Committee. As a NAC member, Gold will be part of a group that advises NASA's leadership on critical issues.

A strong advocate for the commercialization of space and a trailblazer in his field, Gold guides Maxar through the regulatory and legal landscape affecting the space industry, enabling the company to deliver on its promise of unlocking space for both commercial and government organizations. Additionally, Gold continues to serve as the Chair of the Federal Aviation Administration's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.

While technical development is important, it remains equally important for regulatory and policy to keep pace. There are numerous challenges ahead on this front, particularly as NASA seeks to develop and execute additional commercial activities on the International Space Station and transition to private sector space stations. Industry is accelerating innovation for the new space economy, and developing policies wherein NASA can effectively leverage and partner with the private sector is vital, Gold said. This new committee will provide independent advice and perspectives to Agency leadership in support of NASA's ambitious plans for increasingly utilizing public-private partnerships and bolstering commercial initiatives. These efforts present great opportunities but also substantial legal and policy issues that need to be addressed.

NASA Advisory Council members are appointed by the NASA Administrator and provide expertise and insight regarding the agency's strategic plans, programs, and policies. Committee members, who serve for two-year terms, come from diverse backgrounds in industry, academia, government, and other sectors. 

Gold has written three law review articles and one book chapter on the intersection of export controls and commercial space; testified before both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on space policy and ISS utilization; served as a private sector adviser to the U.S. Department of State for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Subcommittee meetings; and supported the National Academies as a past member of the Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable and the Committee on International Security and Arms Control as a space policy expert. Moreover, Gold is a recipient of the NASA Group Achievement Award for his role in the successful development and deployment of an experimental expandable space station module. Gold is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, and he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

About Maxar Technologies

As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is at the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and delivering the information, services, systems that unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides vertically integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 30 global locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit


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