Author: Marcia Smith

What’s Happening in Space Policy January 16-22, 2022

What’s Happening in Space Policy January 16-22, 2022

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of January 16-22, 2022 and any insight we can offer about them. The House and Senate are in session this week.

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Raymond Warns of Dire Consequences of a Full-Year CR

Raymond Warns of Dire Consequences of a Full-Year CR

Today the Chief of Space Operations spelled out the consequences if the U.S. Space Force is kept at its FY2021 funding level under a Continuing Resolution that lasts for all of FY2022. Gen. Jay Raymond’s frank remarks to House appropriators today left no doubt that the country’s newest military service would be particularly hard hit, including restricting the number of space launches to three instead of five.

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Time for a Unilateral U.S. Moratorium on Debris-Generating KE-ASAT Tests?

Time for a Unilateral U.S. Moratorium on Debris-Generating KE-ASAT Tests?

On the 15th anniversary of the Chinese antisatellite test that cluttered Earth orbit with debris, a group of national security space experts is proposing that the United States unilaterally declare a moratorium on such testing. Narrowly tailored to limit only debris-generating kinetic-energy tests against space objects, the goal is to ensure the sustainability of Earth orbit, not arms control in space.

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Safety Panel: NASA Urgently Must Define Its Future Role in Human Spaceflight

Safety Panel: NASA Urgently Must Define Its Future Role in Human Spaceflight

NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel told NASA today that the agency is at an inflection point in its management of  human spaceflight programs as it relies more and more heavily on partnerships with the commercial sector. NASA urgently must strategically define its future role and articulate a vision and principles to guide it for at least the next 20 years.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy January 9-15, 2022

What’s Happening in Space Policy January 9-15, 2022

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of January 9-15, 2022 and any insight we can offer about them. The House and Senate are in session this week.

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It’s Done! JWST Successfully Deployed

It’s Done! JWST Successfully Deployed

Exactly two weeks after launch, deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope was completed today as the last wing of the 18-segment mirror swung into place. Several steps remain in the commissioning process before scientifically-usable data are obtained, but the telescope unfolded into its operational configuration with impressive precision.

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Rogozin Assures Baikonur OK Despite Political Turmoil in Kazakhstan

Rogozin Assures Baikonur OK Despite Political Turmoil in Kazakhstan

The head of Russia’s space agency tweeted today that the situation at the Baikonur Cosmodome is calm despite the political turmoil in Kazakhstan. Russia pays Kazakhstan for use of the cosmodrome, built when the country was part of the Soviet Union.

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JWST Deployment Continues Smoothly, Completion Now Within Sight

JWST Deployment Continues Smoothly, Completion Now Within Sight

The “29 Days on the Edge” of the deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope are merrily marching along as the sunshield’s last two layers successfully tightened today. Only minor hiccups have occurred since launch on December 25 and the end is in sight. Granted, critical steps remain and it is no time to become complacent, but the telescope’s unfolding is proceeding remarkably smoothly.

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JWST Sunshield Deployment Moving Quickly

JWST Sunshield Deployment Moving Quickly

After a short break for the team in charge of unfolding the James Webb Space Telescope, work began today on tensioning the sunshield that will protect the sensitive instruments from the heat and light of the Sun. By evening, three of the five layers were successfully in place, an “awesome” achievement.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy January 2-8, 2022

What’s Happening in Space Policy January 2-8, 2022

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of January 2-8, 2022 and any insight we can offer about them. The Senate is in session this week. The House returns for legislative business next week and will meet only in pro forma sessions this week.

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