BUSINESS INSIDER (INDIA): Kamala Harris announces space coalition including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin as the White House seeks to broaden the aerospace industry

Vice President Kamala Harris during a visit to Poland on March 10, 2022.Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images

US Vice President Kamala Harris announced on Friday the US is creating a coalition of major space firms in order to broaden the country’s aerospace sector, according to a White House statement.

Reuters first reported the news.

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman are set to anchor the coalition, the statement said, per Reuters.

Other companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Bezos’ Amazon, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit will partner in the coalition, the White House said in the statement, per Reuters.

The aim of the coalition is to widen the pool of job opportunities in the space industry for people who come from underrepresented backgrounds, per the statement, cited by Reuters. The White House is expected to launch the coalition in October and have three pilot programs, Reuters reported.

The White House and the companies mentioned in this report didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.