What's Happening in Space Policy: May 5-9, 2014 – UPDATE

What's Happening in Space Policy: May 5-9, 2014 – UPDATE

UPDATE:  The House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY2015 CJS bill on Thursday has been added (it was announced today, May 5).

Here is our list of space policy-related events for the upcoming week and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session.

During the Week

Activities in Congress will certainly be interesting, but meetings organized by other groups may grab the headlines.

In Congress, the House Armed Services Committee will markup the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday.  Its subcommittees did their own markups last week (the Strategic Forces subcommittee made some interesting space-related recommendations), but generally speaking the real action takes place at full committee markup, often a marathon session lasting hours and hours.  Entirely separately, on Friday, the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology (SS&T) Committee will hold a hearing on Space Traffic Management and how to avoid what happened in the fanciful (but entertaining) movie Gravity.  They’ve got a real life (former) astronaut as one of the witnesses — George Zamka, who is now a top official at the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

In other events, to pick just two:

But those are just samples.  A list of what we know about as of Sunday evening (with an update on Monday afternoon) is provided below.

Monday-Friday, May 5-9, 2014

Tuesday, May 6

Wednesday, May 7

Wednesday-Thursday, May 7-8

  • FAA COMSTAC, NTSB Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, DC

Thursday, May 8

Friday, May 9

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