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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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Today’s Tidbits: November 8, 2018

Today’s Tidbits: November 8, 2018

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for November 8, 2018:  CONFERS conference; and science at the Gateway.  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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Nelson’s Senate Seat Still Undecided, Scott Orders Fraud Investigation As Race Tightens

Nelson’s Senate Seat Still Undecided, Scott Orders Fraud Investigation As Race Tightens

Sen. Bill Nelson’s seat in the U.S. Senate is still undecided and may remain that way for a while.  As votes continue to be counted, the margin between Nelson and his opponent, Governor Rick Scott, is narrowing.  Anger mounted today on the Republican side as national and state-wide races they thought they won, including the Senate seat, are now in dispute as uncounted ballots are discovered in two Florida counties. Scott has filed a lawsuit against one of them and directed Florida’s law enforcement department to investigate possible “rampant fraud” by elections officials.

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Democrats Win the House, Republicans Keep the Senate – UPDATED

Democrats Win the House, Republicans Keep the Senate – UPDATED

Votes were still being counted at press time, but the top level results of the 2018 mid-term elections are in:  Democrats have wrested control of the House from Republicans, but Republicans not only retained control of the Senate, but increased their majority.  As for the three key space policy related races we previewed yesterday, one was reelected, one lost, and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has announced that he wants a recount.

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Key Congressional Races to Watch on Tuesday

Key Congressional Races to Watch on Tuesday

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6.  Polls have been predicting who will win control of the House and Senate, but it is impossible to know until the votes are counted — turnout is the key.  In the meantime, here are SpacePolicyOnline’s two cents worth on what to watch from a space policy perspective.  Space issues may be largely bipartisan, but there are a few exceptions and funding issues are sure to be contentious next year no matter what.

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