Space Council Gets Human Spaceflight Strategy Report

Space Council Gets Human Spaceflight Strategy Report

On Friday, NASA submitted a report to the National Space Council that was developed in conjunction with the Departments of State and Commerce as requested by the Council at its February 2018 meeting.  The report outlines goals for human spaceflight and economic growth in low Earth orbit (LEO).  The agency released just an executive summary, saying the report itself is for internal government use only.

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CSIS: Space Force May Cost Billions, But Little New Money Required

CSIS: Space Force May Cost Billions, But Little New Money Required

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a paper today estimating the cost for the Space Force, a concept whose details are still being defined.  CSIS expert Todd Harrison priced out three variants of what a Space Force might incorporate.  His bottom line is that although the total annual budget could range from $11.3 billion to $21.5 billion, most of that is money that would be needed anyway for existing organizations that would be merged into the Space Force.  Only $0.30 billion – $0.55 billion in new money would be needed each year or $1.5-2.7 billion over 5 years.

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Nelson Concedes, Senate Will Lose Key NASA Supporter

Nelson Concedes, Senate Will Lose Key NASA Supporter

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) conceded to Governor Rick Scott this afternoon in the hotly contested Florida Senate race.  When Nelson leaves the Senate at the end of the 115th Congress, it will lose one of NASA’s strongest supporters.  Coupled with the loss of Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) in the House, the agency will be facing a new congressional landscape next year.

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Shanahan Offers Much Lower Cost Estimate for Space Force

Shanahan Offers Much Lower Cost Estimate for Space Force

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan estimated today that the cost of creating a Space Force could be less than $5 billion.  That is a sharp reduction from the $12.9 billion figure put forward by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson in September.  He also said he and DOD’s Space Governance Committee are “diligently” working on the Space Force proposal that will be sent to Congress in February to make sure it “can withstand the cost-scrutiny question.”

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NASA’s Moon Plan Panned by Space Council Advisers

NASA’s Moon Plan Panned by Space Council Advisers

NASA’s plan for returning to the Moon met with opposition today at a meeting of the National Space Council’s Users’ Advisory Group (UAG).  Not only members of the UAG, but former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, who was there as a guest speaker on other topics, offered his personal view that NASA is moving too slowly and the lunar orbiting Gateway is an unnecessary first step.  The pace of the program is driven in part by NASA’s budget and Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed concern about the impact of Rep. John Culberson’s (R-TX) imminent departure from Congress.  A staunch NASA supporter who chairs a key appropriations panel, Culberson lost his reelection bid.

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Today’s Tidbits: November 14, 2018

Today’s Tidbits: November 14, 2018

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for November 14, 2018: NG-10 ISS cargo launch delayed; climate change hearings to kick off 116th Congress; SpaceX Falcon 9 gets highest NASA LSP rating.  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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Space Policy, Funding Legislation Still on the Congressional To-Do List

Space Policy, Funding Legislation Still on the Congressional To-Do List

The 115th Congress will draw to a close in about eight weeks.  Congress is currently scheduled to be in session for roughly half that time, just four weeks.  Many pieces of legislation, including several significant space funding and policy bills, are still awaiting action in the House, Senate, or both.  Those that do not get enacted before the 116th Congress gavels into session will have to go back to the starting gate.

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Today’s Tidbits: November 12, 2018

Today’s Tidbits: November 12, 2018

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for November 12, 2018:  election update; Rocket Lab success; JAXA tests reentry capsule from ISS.  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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What’s Happening in Space Policy November 11-17, 2018

What’s Happening in Space Policy November 11-17, 2018

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of November 11-17, 2018 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate return to work on Tuesday.

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