NASA’s FY2019 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2019 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2019 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracks the FY2019 budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as it works its way through Congress.  President Trump is requesting $19.892 billion for NASA in FY2019.  This fact sheet is updated as needed.  The current date is September 28, 2018.

NOAA’s FY2019 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2019 Budget Request for Satellites

NOAA’s FY2019 Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracks the FY2019 budget request for procurement, acquisition and construction (PAC) of NOAA’s satellites as it works its way through Congress.  The request for FY2019 is $1.4 billion.  The fact sheet is updated as needed. The current date is September 28, 2018.

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 October 9, 2018.

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.

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.

List of Russian Space Launch Failures Since December 2010

List of Russian Space Launch Failures Since December 2010

Russia’s usually reliable fleet of rockets has been suffering a string of failures since December 2010.   A free SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheet entitled List of Russian Space Launch Vehicle Failures Since Dec. 2010 provides a list of the rocket failures and their causes, where known.  It is updated as needed and was most recently updated on December 1, 2017.

China’s Human Spaceflight Program: Background and List of Crewed and Automated Missions

China’s Human Spaceflight Program: Background and List of Crewed and Automated Missions

China’s Human Spaceflight Program: Background and List of All Crewed and Automated Launches is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet.  It lists all Chinese human spaceflight-related missions, both automated tests and flight that carried crews, since the first in 1999.  It compares the Chinese Tiangong space stations with those launched by the Soviet Union/Russia and the United States and mentions China’s longer term human spaceflight plans.  It is updated as needed.  The current date is April 2, 2018.

NASA’s FY2018 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2018 Budget Request

NASA’s FY2018 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracked the FY2018 budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as it worked its way through Congress. President Trump requested $19.092 billion for NASA, $561.1 million less than Congress appropriated for FY2017.  Congress rejected that proposal, significantly increasing NASA’s budget to $20.7 billion.  This is final version of this fact sheet, dated March 26, 2018.

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 tracked the FY2018 budget request as it worked its way through Congress.  The Trump Administration requested $1.579.5 billion for NOAA’s satellite programs, a reduction of $399.3 million from FY2017.  In the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress appropriated $1,857.2 million, $277.7 million more than requested, primarily for NOAA’s next two polar orbiting weather spacecraft.  This is the FINAL VERSION of this fact sheet and is dated March 23, 2018.

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.