NOMINATION HEARING FOR PAM MELROY AND RICK SPINRAD, May 2021

NOMINATION HEARING FOR PAM MELROY AND RICK SPINRAD, May 2021

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on May 20, 2021 to consider the nominations of Pam Melroy to be Deputy Administrator of NASA and Rick Spinrad to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA.

SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on May 20: Melroy, Spinrad Sail Through Confirmation Hearing.

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CJS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON NASA’S FY2022 BUDGET REQUEST, May 2021

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CJS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON NASA’S FY2022 BUDGET REQUEST, May 2021

The Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on May 19, 2021 on NASA’s FY2022 budget request even though President Biden had not yet submitted his complete request, only a “”skinnny” budget with top-line numbers.  The full budget is expected to be available on May 27, but the appropriations committee needs to move forward with hearings on NASA and other agencies so they can get the bills done in a timely manner.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson was the only witness at the virtual hearing.  SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary on May 19: Nelson Sees Jobs Bill As Solution to HLS and Other Funding Needs.

NOMINATION HEARING FOR BILL NELSON TO NASA ADMINISTRATOR, April 2021

NOMINATION HEARING FOR BILL NELSON TO NASA ADMINISTRATOR, April 2021

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on April 21, 2021 to consider the nomination of Bill Nelson to be NASA Administrator.

Nelson is a former Senator (2001-2019) and highly regarded by his colleagues. He represented Florida and for the final 8 years of his tenure did so alongside Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio introduced Nelson at this confirmation hearing along with former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas with whom Nelson worked closely on space issues for many years. The strong Republican support for this Democratic former Senator, nominated by a Democratic President, was echoed by other Republicans on the committee.

SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on April 21:  Nelson Greeted with Accolades at Nomination Hearing.

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on NASA, September 2020

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on NASA, September 2020

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on NASA on September 30, 2020.  The hearing was about a variety of NASA programs, not specifically its FY2021 budget request that is still awaiting action in the Senate.  A major topic was the Artemis program to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.  NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was the only witness.

SpacePolicyOnline.com summarized the hearing on September 30: Another Senate Hearing, But Still No Clue on Likely Fate of Artemis Funding

Senate Appropriations CJS Subcommittee Hearing on NASA’s FY2021 Budget Request, September 2020

Senate Appropriations CJS Subcommittee Hearing on NASA’s FY2021 Budget Request, September 2020

The Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on NASA’s FY2021 budget request on September 23, 2020.  The hearing was delayed for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  (The House Appropriations Committee did not hold a NASA budget hearing this year for the same reason.)

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was the only witness.  SpacePolicyOnline.com published two articles summarizing the hearing:

SASC Hearing on FCC’s Approval of Ligado and Impact on GPS, May 2020

SASC Hearing on FCC’s Approval of Ligado and Impact on GPS, May 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on May 6, 2020 to discuss the impact on the GPS system of the FCC’s approval of an application by Ligado for a 5G system that will use spectrum close to that utilized by GPS.  SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on May 6: DOD Wants FCC To Reverse Ligado Decision.

Witnesses were:

  • Dana Deasy, DOD Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Mike Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD/R&E)
  • Gen. John (Jay) Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, and Commander, U.S. Space Command
  • Adm. Thad Allen (Ret.), chair, National Space-Based Postioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board
House and Senate Hearings on Space Situational Awareness, February 2020

House and Senate Hearings on Space Situational Awareness, February 2020

The House Science, Space, and Technology’s Space Subcommittee held a hearing on space situational awareness (SSA) on February 11, 2020.  The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee held a hearing the next day, February 12, on three topics, one of which was SSA (the others were space weather and planetary defense).

SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the House hearing and the SSA-related portions of the Senate hearing on February 12:  Office of Space Commerce Seeks Budget Boost to Accelerate SSA Work.

 

 

House SS&T Subcommittee Hearing on Moon/Mars. November 2019

House SS&T Subcommittee Hearing on Moon/Mars. November 2019

The Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on November 13, 2019 on “Keeping Our Sights on Mars Part 2: Structuring a Moon-Mars Program for Success.”

Witnesses were Gemini/Apollo astronaut Tom Stafford, who currently chairs NASA’s International Space Station Advisory Committee, and NASA and aerospace industry veteran Tom Young, who chairs many independent reviews of military and civil space programs that go awry.

SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on November 13, 2019.

House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee Hearing on Artemis Program, October 2019

House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee Hearing on Artemis Program, October 2019

The Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on October 16, 2019 on “NASA’s Proposal to Advance the Next Moon Landing by Four Years.”  That plan, announced by Vice President Pence on March 26, 2019, is now called the Artemis program.

Witnesses were NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA Acting Associate Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Ken Bowersox.

SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on October 16: Serrano Worried About Who Will Pay for Accelerating the Moon Program.

House SS&T Subcommittee Hearing on Deep Space Human Exploration, September 2019

House SS&T Subcommittee Hearing on Deep Space Human Exploration, September 2019

The Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on September 18, 2019 on “Developing Core Capabilities for Deep Space Exploration: An Update on NASA’s SLS, Orion, and Exploration Ground Systems.”  Most of the hearing focused on SLS/Orion/EGS in the context of the Artemis program to return astronauts to Moon’s surface by 2024 although other human space exploration issues were discussed as well.

SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on September 18:  Skepticism Abounds on Moon-by-2024 Goal at House Hearing. 

Witnesses were:

  • Ken Bowersox, Acting Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Cristina Chaplain, Director, Contracting and National Security ACquisitions, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Doug Cooke, Cooke Concepts and Solutions, Former NASA Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems