WASHINGTON — A Cabinet council majority is recommending that President Reagan ban most commercial and foreign satellites from future space shuttle flights, a White House spokesman said today.
Larry Speakes, the spokesman, said Reagan has yet to decide whether he agrees--or whether the government should build a fourth orbiter to replace the shuttle Challenger, which exploded Jan. 28.
The plan to take NASA out of the business of launching commercial and foreign satellites, Speakes said, is part of an Administration effort to spur the development of a private rocket industry.
"That's their recommendation, to take remedial steps to encourage a private launch capacity," he said.
Baker Headed Council
The proposed policy was developed by a Cabinet council headed by Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III.
The shuttle, scheduled to resume flights in 1988, would carry military and scientific payloads almost exclusively, a report in today's Washington Post said. A few satellites already built specially for the shuttle would be allowed to be launched by it.