What’s Happening in Space Policy November 19-24, 2017

What’s Happening in Space Policy November 19-24, 2017

Here is our list of space policy events for the week of November 19-24, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess this week (except for pro forma sessions).

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Perfect Countdown and Liftoff for JPSS-1

Perfect Countdown and Liftoff for JPSS-1

NOAA’s new Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) spacecraft is finally in orbit.  This morning’s countdown and launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket went perfectly, proving once more that the third time is the charm.  

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Today’s Tidbits: November 17, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: November 17, 2017

Here are our tidbits for November 17, 2017:  China’s space transportation roadmap; new IADC guidelines for LEO constellations; Arecibo gets good news. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Today’s Tidbits: November 16, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: November 16, 2017

Here are our tidbits for November 16, 2017:  JPSS-1 now set for Saturday; Zuma not set at all; Senate passes final FY2018 NDAA; Virgin Orbit gets first DOD contract, creates VOX Space subsidiary.   Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Today’s Tidbits: November 15, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: November 15, 2017

Here are our tidbits for November 15, 2017:  another JPSS-1 launch delay; an amazing visualization of aerosols spread around the globe by this year’s hurricanes; two 2017 Pecora Award winners; House SS&T committee approves STEM bills.  Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Companies Agree FAA Best Agency to Regulate Non-Traditional Space Activities

Companies Agree FAA Best Agency to Regulate Non-Traditional Space Activities

Representatives of four major companies agreed yesterday that the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) is the best federal agency to be placed in charge of regulating non-traditional space activities to ensure compliance with the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.  They also agreed that regulatory certainty is key to the success of their ventures, so although they want a “light hand” of regulation, they do want some.

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Today’s Tidbits: November 14, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: November 14, 2017

Here are our tidbits for November 14, 2017:  House passes final version of FY2018 NDAA; Speaker Ryan floats idea of another CR; great video from Mars 2020 parachute deploy test; national security space expert Jeff Richelson dies. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Today’s Tidbits: November 13, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: November 13, 2017

Here are our tidbits for November 13, 2017: Barry Myers doesn’t mention satellites in his statement for the Senate Commerce Committee; Scott Kelly reveals Russian spacewalk mishap.  Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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SNC’s Dream Chaser Takes Step Forward to Commercial Cargo

SNC’s Dream Chaser Takes Step Forward to Commercial Cargo

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) conducted a successful free flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft this weekend.  Resembling a very small space shuttle, SNC plans to use it to take cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) beginning as early as 2020 as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. Saturday’s test was of a full scale version of the spacecraft that was dropped from a helicopter to descend and land on its own.

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NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite Ready for Launch – UPDATE 2

NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite Ready for Launch – UPDATE 2

The first of a new generation of operational NOAA polar-orbiting weather satellites is scheduled for launch overnight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.  The launch at 1:47 am local time (4:47 am Eastern) will place the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) into orbit, joining a similar, but experimental, satellite launched for NASA in 2011.  It has a 66 second launch window.  The weather forecast is 70 percent “go.” [UPDATE, Nov. 14, 4:50 am ET – the launch was scrubbed due to two problems identified just as they were coming out of the planned T-4 minute hold.  UPDATE, Nov 15, 4:35 am ET — the launch was scrubbed today due to high winds aloft.] 

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