What’s Happening in Space Policy July 24-28, 2017

What’s Happening in Space Policy July 24-28, 2017

Here is our list of space policy events for the week of July 24-28, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week. During the Week FY2018 appropriations and the new Russia/Iran/North Korea sanctions bill top the space-related congressional agenda this week.  At the moment, the …

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Sen. McCain Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

Sen. McCain Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), he has a profound influence on national security space programs.  He had already delayed his return to Washington to recover from a medical procedure over the weekend to remove a blood clot. Sen. Jim Inhofe …

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Advice for the National Space Council from Policy Insiders

Advice for the National Space Council from Policy Insiders

Now that President Trump has announced his intent to appoint Scott Pace as Executive Director of the newly reconstituted National Space Council, advice is pouring in on what issues it should tackle and the challenges ahead. At a seminar Friday sponsored by the Aerospace Corporation and George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute — which Pace …

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Application Deadline Extended for Academies’ US-China Young Scientists Forum

Application Deadline Extended for Academies’ US-China Young Scientists Forum

The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is inviting young (under 40) space science researchers to apply to participate in its 2018 U.S-China Forum for New Leaders in Space Science.  Astrophysics and heliophysics are the focus this time.  Applications are due July 28. Initiated in 2014, the forum allows …

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What’s Happening in Space Policy July 17-21, 2017

What’s Happening in Space Policy July 17-21, 2017

Here is our list of space policy events for the week of July 17-21, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate will be in session this week. During the Week The big event this week is the annual International Space Station Research and Development (ISS R&D) conference organized by …

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Donley, Kehler Join Anti-Space Corps Chorus While House Moves Ahead

Donley, Kehler Join Anti-Space Corps Chorus While House Moves Ahead

On Friday, the House passed legislation that would create a Space Corps within the Air Force while a former Secretary of the Air Force and former Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) argued against it at a seminar across town. Michael Donley served as Secretary of the Air Force from 2008-2013 as part of his …

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House Adopts Johnson Amendment to Create Memorial to Apollo 1 Crew

House Adopts Johnson Amendment to Create Memorial to Apollo 1 Crew

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) effort to create a memorial to the Apollo 1 crew at Arlington National Cemetery took a step forward yesterday.  The crews of the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia are honored there, but not Apollo 1.  Her amendment to the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directing the Secretary of the …

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Scott Pace to Be National Space Council’s Executive Secretary

Scott Pace to Be National Space Council’s Executive Secretary

The White House announced today that President Trump intends to appoint Scott Pace to be Executive Secretary of the National Space Council.  Pace is currently Director of the Space Policy Institute and Professor of Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University (GWU). Pace has a long career in space policy and is very well …

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House Appropriators Approve FY2018 CJS Bill–Good News for NASA, Mixed for NOAA Satellites

House Appropriators Approve FY2018 CJS Bill–Good News for NASA, Mixed for NOAA Satellites

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill this evening.  The final version makes no changes to the subcommittee-approved recommendations for NASA or NOAA. NASA would get a significant increase above President Trump’s request and above current spending.  NOAA’s near-term satellite programs, JPSS and GOES-R, are fully funded, but future programs did …

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White House Opposes Space Corps

White House Opposes Space Corps

The Trump Administration informed the House that it does not agree on the need for the Space Corps proposed in the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The White House Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) called the proposal premature because DOD is still in the process of studying potential organizational changes.  The White House used …

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