NASA Administrators and Their Professional Backgrounds

NASA Administrators and Their Professional Backgrounds

NASA Administrators and Their Professional Backgrounds a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that briefly summarizes the professional backgrounds of all 11 men who have served as NASA Administrator so far.   President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next NASA Administrator has raised questions about the qualifications needed to serve in that position.  Some media sources are asserting that all previous NASA Administrators have been scientists, engineers or astronauts, but that is incorrect. Neither James Webb (1961-1968) nor Sean O’Keefe (2001-2005) had degrees in science or engineering or were astronauts.  Bridenstine would be, however, the first politician to serve as NASA Administrator.

NASA’s FY2018 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2018 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2018 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracks the FY2018 budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as it works its way through Congress.   President Trump released a FY2018 budget blueprint on March 16, 2017 providing some details on his request for NASA, but detailed information will not be available until the full request is sent to Congress in a several weeks. The total request is $19.1 billion.  This fact sheet is updated as needed.  The current date is September 24, 2017.

NOAA’s FY2018 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2018 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2018 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracks the FY2018 budget request as it works its way through Congress.  The Trump Administration released a budget blueprint on March 16, 2017 with a broad overview of the request for NOAA, but no specific funding levels for NOAA’s weather and space weather satellite programs.  This fact sheet will be updated as needed.  The current date is September 24, 2017.

 

Legislative Checklist: 115th Congress

Legislative Checklist: 115th Congress

Legislative Checklist for the 115th Congress: Major Space-Related Legislation is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that identifies and tracks major legislation concerning the U.S. space program (civil, military and commercial) introduced in the 115th Congress (2017-2018).  Information includes bill numbers, dates of action taken by congressional committees, report numbers when bills are reported from committee, and public law numbers for those signed into law.  The fact sheet is updated as needed.   This version is dated November 16, 2017.

What’s a Markup? Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries

What’s a Markup? Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries

Our popular “What’s a Markup?” fact sheet was refreshed in January 2015.  It explains basic congressional terminology and the legislative mysteries involved in making a bill into law.   It is not meant to be a comprehensive treatment of lawmaking, but a beginner’s guide for those interested in following space policy developments in Congress.

NASA’s FY2017 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2017 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2017 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that summarized and analyzed President Obama’s FY2017 budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and congressional action on it.   The fact sheet also tracked congressional action on a new NASA authorization bill, culminating in enactment of the 2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act.  This final version of the fact sheet is dated May 19, 2017.

NOAA’s FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracked the FY2017 budget request for
NOAA’s satellite programs as it worked its way through Congress.  The FY2017 request was $2.063 billion.  Congress appropriated $1.979 billion.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce, operates the nation’s civil weather satellites and other environmental
satellites.  This is the final edition of this fact sheet and is dated May 20, 2017. 

NASA’s FY2016 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2016 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2016 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that summarizes the NASA’s budget request and explains the key issues the request will face as it makes its way through Congress.  The key issues this year are the request for NASA’s earth science program, its planetary science program, the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), and priorities between the Space Launch System/Orion versus commercial crew.  The fact sheet is updated routinely to reflect congressional actions and other developments.   This version is dated December 22, 2015.

NOAA’s FY2016 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2016 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2016 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that briefly explains President Obama’s FY2016 budget request for NOAA’s satellite programs in the Procurement, Acquisition and Procurement (PAC) account, including polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellites (JPSS and GOES), space weather satellites (DSCOVR and a space weather follow-on), the COSMIC-2 GPS radio occultation (GPS-RO) constellation, the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite, and efforts to launch three other instruments as part of the SIDAR program.  The fact sheet is updated as congressional or other actions warrant.  The current date is December 23, 2015.

Legislative Checklist: 114th Congress

Legislative Checklist: 114th Congress

Legislative Checklist for 114th Congress:  Major Space-Related Legislation is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracked major legislation concerning the U.S. space program (civil, military and commercial) that was introduced in or passed by the 114th Congress (2015-2016).  Information includes bill numbers, dates of action taken by congressional committees, report numbers when bills are reported from committee, and public law numbers for those signed into law.  This is the final version of the fact sheet, dated January 4, 2017, reflecting all action through the end of the 114th Congress on January 3, 2017.