Trump Continues to Talk Up Space Force As He Signs FY2019 NDAA

Trump Continues to Talk Up Space Force As He Signs FY2019 NDAA

In a ceremony at Fort Drum, NY, today, President Donald Trump signed into the law the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Coming just four days after Vice President Mike Pence laid out the Administration’s goal to create a Department of the Space Force in next year’s NDAA, the President used a portion of his remarks to reiterate the threats he sees as necessitating that action.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy August 13-August 31, 2018

What’s Happening in Space Policy August 13-August 31, 2018

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the next THREE weeks, August 13-August 31, 2018 and any insight we can offer about them. The House is in recess (except for pro forma sessions) through September 4.  The Senate returns to work this Wednesday, August 15, after a truncated August break.

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Second Try Sunday for Parker Solar Probe – UPDATE

Second Try Sunday for Parker Solar Probe – UPDATE

NASA will try again to launch the Parker Solar Probe on Sunday morning at 3:31 am ET.  The first attempt was scrubbed this morning 1 minute and 55 seconds before launch because of a “gaseous helium red pressure alarm” in the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket.  ULA later confirmed that another attempt will made Sunday.  The weather forecast, however, is only 60 percent “go.” [UPDATE, AUGUST 12:  Liftoff took place at 3:31 am ET on Sunday, August 12.]

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Pence Calls for new U.S. Department of the Space Force by 2020

Pence Calls for new U.S. Department of the Space Force by 2020

Vice President Pence announced today that the Trump Administration wants to stand up a sixth military department, a U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020. The Administration will request the needed funding and statutory authority from Congress in its FY2020 budget request, which should be sent to Congress in February 2019. The Administration’s goal is for Congress to include the new authority in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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Today’s Tidbits: August 8, 2018

Today’s Tidbits: August 8, 2018

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for August 8, 2018:  NASA picks 10 “tipping point” technology ideas; NASA gives credit where credit is due; South Africa’s Peter Martinez is new head of Secure World Foundation.  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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Mid-Term Review Positive About NASA’s Planetary Program, But Worried about Europa Costs, Mars Cadence

Mid-Term Review Positive About NASA’s Planetary Program, But Worried about Europa Costs, Mars Cadence

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its mid-term review of the 2011 planetary science Decadal Survey today.  Mid-term reviews assess how well NASA is implementing the Decadal Survey’s recommendations.  Overall, NASA is doing a good job, it says, but the costs for the Europa Clipper mission and the future of the robotic Mars exploration program are worrisome.

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Pence to Speak at Pentagon on Thursday re Space Force — UPDATE

Pence to Speak at Pentagon on Thursday re Space Force — UPDATE

CNN and other media outlets are reporting that Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the Pentagon on Thursday about the Space Force.  We asked the Vice President’s office for confirmation, but did not receive a reply by press time.  We will update this article if/when we do.  Secretary of Defense Mattis addressed the Space Force issue during a press gaggle today. [UPDATE, August 8:  An Administration official confirms to SpacePolicyOnline.com that the Vice President will deliver remarks at the Pentagon on August 9 regarding creation of a Space Force.]

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Sirangelo Joins University of Colorado Boulder

Sirangelo Joins University of Colorado Boulder

Mark Sirangelo is joining the University of Colorado Boulder as an “entrepreneur in residence.”  Sirangelo recently left Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) where he headed its Space Systems Division and the development of the Dream Chaser spaceplane.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy August 5-31, 2018

What’s Happening in Space Policy August 5-31, 2018

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the next FOUR weeks, August 5-31, 2018, and any insight we can offer about them.  The House is in recess throughout this period.  The Senate is in recess until August 15. (Except for pro forma sessions, of course.)

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NASA Announces Nine Commercial Crew Flight Assignments, More to Come from International Partners

NASA Announces Nine Commercial Crew Flight Assignments, More to Come from International Partners

Today, NASA introduced nine astronauts who will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on the first flights of the Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew systems.  Eight are members of the NASA astronaut corps while the ninth, Chris Ferguson (a former NASA astronaut), works for Boeing.  NASA said additional crew members will be assigned later by its ISS partners.

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