FAA 2013 Commercial Space Transportation Conference

FAA 2013 Commercial Space Transportation Conference

SpacePolicyOnline.com published two articles summarizing the FAA’s 2013 Commercial Space Transportation Conference, held February 6-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Caution and Risk: Balancing Risk in Spaceflight

Caution and Risk: Balancing Risk in Spaceflight

On February 1, 2013, the NASA Day of Remembrance 2013 honoring the crews of Apollo 1 (AS-204), Challenger (STS-51-L), Columbia (STS-107) and other astronauts who lost their lives, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) held a panel discussion on Caution and Risk:  Balancing Risk in Spaceflight at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.  That day was the 10th anniversary of the loss of Columbia and her crew.

This SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the panel discussion was published the next day.   The panel, moderated by NASM space historian Roger Launius, featured June Scobee Rogers, widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Public Outreach Alan Ladwig, Apollo and Shuttle astronaut Ken Mattingly, and space historian Steve Dicks.   Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin made a surprise appearance as well.

Disaggregation in Military Space Systems

Disaggregation in Military Space Systems

SpacePolicyOnline.com correspondent Laura Delgado reports on a January 30, 2013 meeting sponsored by the Marshall institute and TechAmerica Space Enterprise Council on “Disaggregration in an Era of Austerity: A Path Forward.” Disaggregation refers to launching many small satellites with one or two (or a few) sensors instead of large, expensive satellites with many sensors.  Speakers at the meeting included Peter Marquez of Orbital Sciences Corp. and the Marshall Institute, Bill Reiner of Boeing, Josh Hartman of the Horizons Strategy Group, and Marc Berkowitz of Lockheed Martin.  Her summary was originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on January 30, 2013.

FY2013 Budget Briefing by NOAA Officials

FY2013 Budget Briefing by NOAA Officials

On February 16, 2012, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Jane Lubchenco and other NOAA officials, including Deputy Administrator Kathy Sullivan, provided a briefing on NOAA’s FY2013 budget request.   These SpacePolicyOnline.com meeting notes were originally published as an article on February 16 under the title “NOAA Administrator:  Weather Satellites Vital, but “Loom Large” in Budget.  The budget request includes funding for JPSS, GOES-R, DSCOVR and Jason-3 satellites.

FY2013 Budget Briefing by NASA Science Mission Directorate Officials

FY2013 Budget Briefing by NASA Science Mission Directorate Officials

On February 13, 2012, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) John Grunsfeld and other SMD officials answered questions from the media about SMD’s FY2013 budget request.   These SpacePolicyOnline.com notes from the teleconference were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on February 16 under the title “NASA Science Officials:  News Not Entirely Bleak for Mars, PU-238 Restart Still Needed.”

FY2013 Budget Briefing by Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey Regarding Landsat

FY2013 Budget Briefing by Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey Regarding Landsat

On February 14, 2012, Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other USGS officials provided a briefing on the FY2013 budget request for USGS.  That request includes funding for the Landsat land remote sensing satellite system.   USGS operates the two existing Landsat satellites and will operate the next in the series, Landsat 8.  NASA built and will launch Landsat 8, which it calls the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM).   These SpacePolicyOnline.com notes from the USGS briefing were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on February 14 under the title “USGS Director:   Landsat Has Many Fans, But Affordable Solution Needed for Future.”

FY2013 Budget Briefing by Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA AA for Human Exploration and Operations

FY2013 Budget Briefing by Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA AA for Human Exploration and Operations

On February 13, 2012, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, answered questions from the media via teleconference on the budget request for his office. These SpacePolicyOnline.com meeting notes from that teleconference were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com under the title Gerstenmaier:  Soyuz Launch Date May Advance, INKSNA Waiver Needed, Beyond LEO Destination TBD.

The Obama National Space Policy One Year On: Meeting Notes from SpacePolicyOnline.com

The Obama National Space Policy One Year On: Meeting Notes from SpacePolicyOnline.com

On June 16, 2011, the Secure World Foundation held a seminar to discuss the progress of implementing President Obama’s National Space Policy one year after its release. SpacePolicyOnline.com’s meeting notes from the seminar are available by clicking here.