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January 2021

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SLS CORE STAGE HOT FIRE TEST, Jan 16, 2021, Stennis Space Center, MS, 4:00 pm ET (NASA TV begins 3:20 pm ET)

Update, January 16, 2:45 pm ET:  NASA has issued an update saying the test is running an hour ahead of schedule and NASA TV now will start at 3:20 pm ET instead of 4:20 pm ET.  So it’s back to what Stennis originally tweeted yesterday.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Update, January 15, 5:45 pm ET:  Stennis issued a corrected tweet with the original times.  Window is open 4:00-6:00 pm Central (5:00-7:00 pm Eastern).  NASA TV begins 4:20 pm ET.

Updated, January 15, 1:15 pm ET:  Stennis Space Center just tweeted that the test will take place between 3:00 and 6:00 pm Central Time, which is 4:00-7:00 pm Eastern, meaning it is a 3 hour window, not 2, and opens an hour earlier than NASA had said.  The NASA TV schedule still says (as of 1:15 pm ET Friday) that its coverage begins at 4:20 pm ET, however.

Update, January 13: NASA says NASA TV coverage of the test will begin at 4:20 pm ET and clarifies that 5:00 pm ET is the opening of a two-hour window for the test.  A press conference will take place about 2 hours after the test concludes.

Update, January 12:  NASA officials said on a media telecon today that the test will begin at 4:00 pm local time (5:00 pm Eastern) on January 16.

Update, January 11:  in a rarity in the space business, NASA has accelerated the date for the hot fire test by one day.  It is now planned for January 16 instead of January 17.

Original Entry: NASA will conduct a “hot fire” test of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) on January 17, 2021 at Stennis Space Center, MS.  It is the eighth of eight tests in the Green Run series to validate the core stage is ready for launch.

The core stage with its four RS-25 engines, left over from the space shuttle program, attached to an enormous test stand at Stennis, will be fueled and fired for eight minutes, the duration they must fire to reach orbit.

The test will take place even though the seventh in the series, the Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR), did not go as planned on December 20.  As NASA explained, that test ended “a few minutes early due to timing on a valve closure.”

SLS has been delayed for many years.  NASA is anxious to conduct its first test flight, an uncrewed mission with an Orion spacecraft, in November 2021.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BIRTHDAY,

January 18, 2021 (Federal Holiday)

January 18, 2021 is Martin Luther King Day and is a Federal holiday in the United States.  Government offices and some businesses will be closed.

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AIAA SCITECH FORUM (SECOND WEEK), Jan 19-21, 2021, virtual

Update: this meeting now will take place virtually on January 11-15 and January 19-21, 2021 because of COVID-19.

Original entry: AIAA’s 2021 Science and Technology (SciTech) Forum will take place at Music City Center, Nashville, TN on January 11-15, 2021.  More information is on the event’s website.

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SASC HEARING ON NOMINATION OF LLOYD AUSTIN III (RET.) TO BE SECDEF, Jan 19, 2021, DC, 3:00 pm ET

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will hold a hearing on January 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET in G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building on President-elect Joe Biden’s choice of Gen. Lloyd Austin III (Ret.) to be his Secretary of Defense (SecDef).

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated the next day, January 20.  Although Biden cannot officially nominate anyone until then, it is not unusual for Congress to hold hearings on a President-elect’s choices for critical positions like SecDef prior to Inauguration Day and vote on Inauguration Day so they can take office immediately, assuring no break in leadership.

The hearing will be webcast on the committee’s website.  The Capitol Complex remains closed to the general public because of COVID-19.

The timing of the hearing is noteworthy in that SASC chairman Republican Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) will imminently lose his gavel to Democrat Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) once the two Senators from Georgia elected on January 5, both Democrats, are sworn in.  At that point the Senate will have 50 Democrats (including two Independents who caucus with the Democrats) and 50 Republicans.  The tie-breaking vote is held by the Vice President in his or her role as President of the Senate. Until January 20 at noon, that is Republican Mike Pence. But then it will be Democrat Kamala Harris and the Senate will be under Democratic control and all committee and subcommittee chairs are Democrats instead of Republicans.

By law, DOD is led by a civilian, not a military officer, to conform with the U.S. practice of ensuring civilian control of the armed forces. (SASC will hold a hearing a week before this one, January 12 at 9:30 am ET, to discuss “Civilian Control of the Military.”)  Former military officers may not serve as SecDef unless they have been retired for at least seven years – a “cooling off” period. Gen. Austin has been retired for only three, so the House and Senate also must agree to a waiver to allow him to serve.

HASC, however, will not hold a hearing on the waiver until after the inauguration, so that will delay Austin’s confirmation past January 20.  On January 8, HASC chair Adam Smith said he plans to hold that hearing on January 21 and supports Austin’s confirmation.

 

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LUNAR SURFACE SCIENCE WORKSHOP VIRTUAL SESSION 7: SPACE BIOLOGY, Jan 20-21, 2021, virtual

The Lunar Surface Science Workshop will hold its next virtual session on January 20-21, 2021.  The topic is Space Biology.

More information is on the event’s website.

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INAUGURATION DAY,

January 20, 2021 (Federal Holiday in D.C. Area)

January 20, 2021, Inauguration Day, is a Federal holiday in the “Inauguration Day area” in and around Washington, D.C.

The Office of Personnel Management memo explaining the holiday identifies the affected jurisdictions, which are set in law, as follows:

Inauguration Day falls on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, and it is established by statute as a holiday only for Federal employees who work in the “Inauguration Day area” (defined in law as the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia).  (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(c).)  The City of Fairfax is considered to be part of Fairfax County for this purpose.

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RADIATION HARDNESS DRIVERS FOR MISSION SUCCESS–WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED, Jan 20, 2021, virtual, 1:00-2:00 pm ET (10:00-11:00 am PT)

NASA’s Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute will hold the next in its “Community of Practice Webinar Series” on January 20, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 am Pacific Time (1:00-2:00 pm ET).

The topic is “Radiation Hardness Drivers for Mission Success –What Have We Learned?”   The speaker is Michael Campola from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

More information is on the Institute’s website.

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HASC HEARING ON WAIVER TO ALLOW GEN. LLOYD AUSTIN III (RET.) TO SERVE AS SECDEF, Jan 21, 2021

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said on January 8 that he plans to hold a hearing on January 21, 2021 on the question of granting a waiver to allow Gen. Lloyd Austin III (Ret.) to serve as Secretary of Defense (SecDef) even though he has been retired for only three years, not the required seven years.

President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Austin for the position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, but since it requires this waiver, it must also be considered by the House.

Smith did not provide other details about when/where the hearing will take place, but HASC’s hearings are webcast on the committee’s website.  The Capitol Complex remains closed to the general public because of COVID-19.

SASC plans to hold its confirmation hearing for Austin on January 19.

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SENATE COMMERCE HRG ON NOMINATION OF PETE BUTTIGIEG TO BE SECTRANS, Jan 21, 2021, DC/virtual, 10:00 am ET

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on January 21, 2021 at 10:00 am ET in 253 Russell Senate office Building and virtually on the nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transporation.

The FAA and its Office of Commercial Space Transportation are part of the Department of Transportation.

The Capitol Complex is closed to the public.  Watch on the committee’s website.

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NASA VIRTUAL TOWN HALL PLANETARY SCIENCE R&A, Jan 21, 2021, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

NASA’s Planetary Science Division will hold a virtual Town Hall meeting on January 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET to discuss  “the rollout plan for the elimination of due dates for seven R&A programs (SSO, SSW, EW, PICASSO, PDART, LARS, and Exobiology). These programs will be run under a new No Due Date (NoDD) model, which has been successfully demonstrated by multiple groups at the National Science Foundation” according to the Planetary Exploration Newsletter dated December 20, 2020.

More information including how to participate is available here.

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POSITIONING US COMPANIES TO COMPETE IN THE ECONOMIC GREAT GAME OF SPACE, Jan 21, 2021, virtual, 1:30-3:00 pm ET

NewSpace New Mexico will hold the next in its series of webinar on January 21, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 pm ET.

The topic is “Positioning US Companies to Compete in the Economic Great Game of Space.”

More information is on the organization’s website.

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INTERAGENCY ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS ADVISORY CMTE (AAAC), Jan 26-27, 2021, virtual

The NSF-NASA-DOE Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC) will meet virtually on January 26-27, 2021.

The meeting on January 26 is 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET and on January 27 is 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET.

More information is in the Federal Register notice, which is reproduced below.

Instructions for how to listen to the meeting will be posted later on the committee’s website: https://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/aaac.jsp.

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-
463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the 
following meeting:

NAME AND COMMITTEE CODE: Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee 
(#13883).

DATE AND TIME: January 26, 2021; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., January 27, 2021; 
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

PLACE: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, 
VA 22314 (via Zoom).
    Attendance information for the meeting will be forthcoming on the 
website: https://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/aaac.jsp.

TYPE OF MEETING: Open.

CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Martin Still, Program Director, Division of 
Astronomical Sciences, Suite W 9188; National Science Foundation, 2415 
Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314; Telephone: 703-292-4290.

PURPOSE OF MEETING: To provide advice and recommendations to the 
National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on issues 
within the field of astronomy and astrophysics that are of mutual 
interest and concern to the agencies.

AGENDA: To hear presentations of current programming by representatives 
from NSF, NASA, DOE and other agencies relevant to astronomy and 
astrophysics; to discuss current and potential areas of cooperation 
between the agencies; to formulate recommendations for continued and 
new areas of cooperation and mechanisms for achieving them. Discuss the 
Committee's draft annual report due 15 March 2021.

    Dated: October 29, 2020.
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NASA SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG), Jan 26-27, 2021, virtual

NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will meet virtually January 26-27, 2021.

More information is on the event’s website.

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7th ANNUAL IAA SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Jan 26-27, 2021, virtual

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will hold its 7th annual Space Traffic Management conference virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will take place January 26-27, 2021.

The theme is “Trust, but Verify: Incentivizing Compliance Through Shared Monitoring and Assessment.”

The emailed Save the Date notice is reproduced below.

SAVE THE DATE!

The Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program at The University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center and the Cockrell School of Engineering, in partnership with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), will hold the 7th annual Space Traffic Management conference, “Trust, But Verify: Incentivizing Compliance Through Shared Monitoring and Assessment.” The conference will take place virtually via Zoom webinar on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, and Wednesday, January 27. The conference is being organized by SSS Program Lead Dr. Moriba Jah, and non-resident SSS scholar Diane Howard.

Experts from all over the world will virtually gather to discuss and exchange ideas on space traffic management. Technical sessions will range from topics like Range Management, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability, Space Environment Effects and Impacts and Related Issues.

Details are forthcoming on abstract submittal, registration, scheduling, etc.

For video and audio of last year’s conference, please visit here.

Thank you and best regards,
IAA Office

 

 

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CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN REMOTE SENSING CAPABILITIES AND CUSTOMER REQUREMENTS (SPACE TECH EXPO), Jan 26, 2021, virtual, 4:00 pm CET

Space Tech Expo will hold its next webinar on January 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm Central European Time (10:00 am Eastern Standard Time).

The topic is: “Closing the Gap Between Remote Sensing Capabilities and Customer Requirements.”

Participants are:

· Moderator: Maxime Puteaux – Principal Advisor, Euroconsult
· Giuseppe Borghi – Head of Φ-lab Division, Earth Observation Programmes Directorate, ESA
· Christopher Duncan – Director of Space and Cyber Initiatives, E3 Sentinel

More information is on the event’s website.

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NEW GENERATION SPACE LEADERS PANEL (Space Foundation), Jan 26, 2021, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

The Space Foundation will hold the next in its Space Symposium 365 series on January 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET.

The topic is “New Generation Space Leaders Panel–Unmute Yourself: Be Heard in the Virtual World.”

More information is on the series’ website.

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BOEING 4Q2020 EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL, Jan 27, 2021, virtual, 10:30 am ET

Boeing will hold its 4Q2020 earnings conference call on January 27, 2021 at 10:30 am ET.  Audio will be available on Boeing’s investors’ website.

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NASA ADVISORY COUNCIL TI&E CMTE, Jan 27, 2021, virtual, 11:00am-3:00pm ET

The Technology, Innovation and Engineering (TI&E) Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) will meet virtually on January 27, 2021 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ET.

More information is in the Federal Register notice, which is reproduced below.

SUMMARY:  In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as 
amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
announces a meeting of the Technology, Innovation and Engineering 
Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to 
the NAC.

DATES: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

ADDRESSES: Meeting will be virtual only. See dial-in and Webex 
information below under ``Supplementary Information.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Green, Designated Federal 
Officer, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, 
Washington, DC 20546, via email at g.m.green@nasa.gov or 202-358-4710

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As noted above, this meeting will be 
available telephonically or Webex only. If dialing

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in via toll number, you must use a touch-tone phone to participate in 
this meeting. Any interested person may join via Webex at
https://nasaenterprise.webex.com, the meeting number is 199 288 6288, and the 
password is n@cTIE012721. The toll number to listen by phone is 1-415-
527-5035. To avoid using the toll number, after joining the Webex 
meeting, select the audio connection option that says, ``Call Me'' and 
enter your phone number. If using the desktop or web app, check the 
``Connect to audio without pressing 1 on my phone'' box to connect 
directly to the meeting.
    Note: If dialing in, please ``mute'' your telephone. The agenda for 
the meeting includes the following topics:

--Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Update
--Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative Update
--Office of the Chief Technologist Update
--Office of the Chief Engineer Update

    It is imperative that this meeting be held on this day to 
accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.
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BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL SPACE VENTURE, THE FUTURE OF AGI AND INDUSTRY ROLE IN DIGITAL ENGINEERING (WSBR), Jan 27, 2021, virtual, 12:00 pm ET

The Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) will hold  a webinar on January 27, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 pm ET.

The speaker is Paul Graziani, CEO and Co-Founder of Analytical Graphics, Inc (AGI), which was recently sold to Ansys, Inc.

His topic is “Building a Successful Space Venture, the Future of AGI and Industry Role in Digital Engineering (A Force Multiplier).”

More information is on the WSBR website.

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WSBR WEBINAR WITH PAUL GRAZIANI of AGI, Jan 27, 2021, virtual, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

The Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) will hold a webinar on January 27, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 pm ET featuring Paul Graziani, CEO and C0-Founder of Analytical Graphics (AGI).  His topic is “Building a Successful Space Venture, the Future of AGI and Industry Role in Digital Engineering (A Force Multiplier).”

More information is on the WSBR website.

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