What’s Happening in Space Policy March 21-27, 2021

What’s Happening in Space Policy March 21-27, 2021

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of March 21-27, 2021 and any insight we can offer about them. The Senate is in session this week. The House will meet only in pro forma sessions, but is having a “committee work week” where committees are holding (mostly virtual) hearings.

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Biden Picks Bill Nelson as Next NASA Administrator

Biden Picks Bill Nelson as Next NASA Administrator

President Biden made it official today, announcing his intent to nominate former Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson to be the next NASA Administrator. The action had been rumored for weeks. Nelson is a career politician who served in both the House and the Senate. While a member of the House science committee, he flew as a payload specialist on a 1986 space shuttle mission. Nelson has many admirers for his steadfast support for NASA, but critics worry he is wedded to old ways of doing business and will take NASA backwards.

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SLS Hot Fire Test a Success on Second Try

SLS Hot Fire Test a Success on Second Try

Today’s second test of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage appears to be a complete success, although engineers must review all the data before making a definitive determination. The first attempt in January ended after just 67 seconds because of conservative test parameters that were set.  Not so today. The four RS-25 engines actually exceeded the 485 second goal, firing for 499.6 seconds.

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Beyer Seeks Regulatory Balance for Commercial Remote Sensing

Beyer Seeks Regulatory Balance for Commercial Remote Sensing

The new chairman of the House space subcommittee thinks Congress will need to strike a balance between addressing national security and privacy concerns about commercial satellite remote sensing data yet not over-regulating the business. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) is skeptical legislation will pass anytime soon, but a hearing on the issues is a possibility.

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Jurczyk: Artemis I Schedule To Firm Up in A Few Weeks

Jurczyk: Artemis I Schedule To Firm Up in A Few Weeks

NASA expects to firm up the schedule for the first Space Launch System (SLS) flight a few weeks after Thursday’s hot fire test. The agency is still holding November 2021 open, but a lot has happened since it was set two years ago including delays due to COVID-19, hurricanes, and technical issues.

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A One-Year Mission for Vande Hei?

A One-Year Mission for Vande Hei?

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei said today his planned 6-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS) could turn into a year-long flight if Russian plans to launch two tourists in the fall go forward.  Just last week, NASA and its Russian counterpart Roscosmos formally assigned Vande Hei to the Soyuz MS-18 crew launching on April 9.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy March 14-20, 2021

What’s Happening in Space Policy March 14-20, 2021

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of March 14-20, 2021 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.

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Mark Your Calendars–Second SLS Hot Fire Test Now March 18

Mark Your Calendars–Second SLS Hot Fire Test Now March 18

NASA announced today it will conduct the second Space Launch System (SLS) hot fire test on March 18. If successful, it will be the final step before sending the SLS core stage to Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the first SLS launch.  NASA officials continue to insist that launch could take place this year, but most bets are on 2022.

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It’s Official — A NASA Astronaut Will Be Aboard Next Soyuz Launch

It’s Official — A NASA Astronaut Will Be Aboard Next Soyuz Launch

NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, today announced that NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will be aboard Soyuz MS-18 when it launches to the International Space Station (ISS) next month. The deal is not between NASA and Roscosmos, however, but through an intermediary, the U.S. company Axiom Space.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy March 7-14, 2021

What’s Happening in Space Policy March 7-14, 2021

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of March 7-13 plus a bonus day and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.

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