Shanahan Wants Space Force to Have As Small a Footprint as Possible

Shanahan Wants Space Force to Have As Small a Footprint as Possible

Acting Secretary of Defense  (SecDef) Patrick Shanahan said today that he will propose that the Space Force be part of the U.S. Air Force instead of a separate department in order to avoid creating a big bureaucracy, Congress’s biggest concern. He also revealed that an individual has been chosen to lead the new U.S. Space Command, but he is not ready to say who it is.

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NASA’s 2019 Day of Remembrance Was Postponed, but Remembrances Continue Nonetheless

NASA’s 2019 Day of Remembrance Was Postponed, but Remembrances Continue Nonetheless

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced last week that the annual Day of Remembrance honoring fallen astronauts would have to be postponed because of the partial government shutdown.  Today is the first of the three anniversaries of tragedies that befell the U.S. human spaceflight program — the Apollo 1 fire — that form the basis of the observance.  Bridenstine and others are remembering the Apollo crew on social media.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy January 27-February 2, 2019

What’s Happening in Space Policy January 27-February 2, 2019

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of January 27-February 2, 2019 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate will be in session at least part of the week.

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End to Shutdown Near, But Might Be Temporary – UPDATE

End to Shutdown Near, But Might Be Temporary – UPDATE

Within the past hour, the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to reopen NASA, NOAA and other agencies and departments that have been shut down since December 21, 2018.  It now must be signed by President Trump, who said today that he will do so.  It is only for three weeks, however, expiring on February 15.  In announcing the deal with Congress, Trump threatened to shut the government down again at that point if Democrats do not agree on a border security plan that meets his demands. UPDATE, Jan. 25, 2019: Trump signed the bill this evening.

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Republican Space Corps Opponent Gets Top Spot on Key HASC Subcommittee

Republican Space Corps Opponent Gets Top Spot on Key HASC Subcommittee

Congressional committees that oversee U.S. space activities are taking the first formal steps to get to work for the 116th Congress.  Today, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) announced the Chairs and Ranking Members of its subcommittees and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee released its membership roster.

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Today’s Tidbits: January 22, 2019

Today’s Tidbits: January 22, 2019

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for January 22, 2019:  NASA makes crew change for Boeing Starliner test flight; Blue Origin ready to try again tomorrow; aerospace industry coalition urges end to shutdown. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Today’s Tidbits: January 21, 2019

Today’s Tidbits: January 21, 2019

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for January 21, 2019:  shutdown impacts on NASA; U.S.-China space cooperation; Myers renominated for NOAA. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy January 20-26, 2019

What’s Happening in Space Policy January 20-26, 2019

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of January 20-26, 2019 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate will be in session at least part of the week.

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House Will Try Again Next Week to Reopen NASA, NOAA, With Vote on Conference Version of CJS Bill

House Will Try Again Next Week to Reopen NASA, NOAA, With Vote on Conference Version of CJS Bill

The House is passing FY2019 appropriations bills to reopen government agencies like NASA and NOAA and end the partial government shutdown. Next week it plans to take up the compromise version of the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill that funds NASA and NOAA as part of broader legislation. This version would fund NASA at $21.500 billion for FY2019 and warns NASA that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is not an entitlement program.  NOAA’s satellite programs would get $1.455 billion.

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New Missile Defense Review Has Echoes of Reagan’s Star Wars

New Missile Defense Review Has Echoes of Reagan’s Star Wars

President Trump’s speech today at the Pentagon to release DOD’s new Missile Defense Review (MDR) conjured memories of Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), or  “Star Wars.”  The MDR calls not only for better space-based sensors to support ground-based missile defenses as expected, but restores Reagan’s vision of space-based interceptors.

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