POSTPONED: Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on the Consequences of a Gap in Human Spaceflight

POSTPONED: Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on the Consequences of a Gap in Human Spaceflight

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Science and Space has POSTPONED a hearing that had been scheduled for May 7 on the Consequences of a Gap in Human Spaceflight. A new date will be announced in the future. Check with the committee for the most up-to-date information: http://commerce.senate.gov.

Senate Armed Services to Hold Closed Hearing on Space Issues

Senate Armed Services to Hold Closed Hearing on Space Issues

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a closed hearing on space issues for May 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm. Closed hearings are not open to the public. Scheduled witnesses are a representative from Air Combat Command on “A Day Without Space”; a representative from the National Air-Space Intelligence Center on “space threats”; General Robert …

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House Armed Services to Hold Hearing on Space System Acquisition and Industrial Base

House Armed Services to Hold Hearing on Space System Acquisition and Industrial Base

The House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a hearing on Space System Acquisition and Industrial Base on April 30, 2009. Opening Statement by Subcommittee Chairwoman Ellen Tauscher Witnesses: Joshua Hartman, Director, Space and Intelligence Capabilities Office, DOD. Written Statement Cristina Chaplain, GAO. Written Statement Marion Blakey, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association. …

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House Passes FY2010 Budget Resolution Recommending $2.5 Billion Increase for NASA in 2011

House Passes FY2010 Budget Resolution Recommending $2.5 Billion Increase for NASA in 2011

The House of Representatives passed (233-193) the conference report (H. Rept. 111-89) on the FY2010 Budget Resolution (S. Con Res. 13) on April 29, adopting most of a Senate provision that recommends an additional $2.5 billion for NASA in FY2011 to pay for shuttle flights in case the current schedule for slips. The budget resolution …

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House S&T Holds Hearing on Keeping the Space Environment Safe

House S&T Holds Hearing on Keeping the Space Environment Safe

The House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing on Keeping the Space Environment Safe for Civil and Commercial Users on April 28 2009. Hearing Charter. Chairwoman Giffords’ Opening Statement Witnesses: Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command (written statement) Nicholas Johnson, NASA Johnson …

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House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on NASA

House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on NASA

The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science has scheduled a hearing on NASA for April 29 at 10:00 am in Room 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Christopher Scolese, Acting NASA Administrator, is the scheduled witness. Note: times and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check with the committee for the most …

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House S&T Holds Hearing on NOAA's GOES Program

House S&T Holds Hearing on NOAA's GOES Program

On April 23, the House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing on NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program. Hearing Charter Witnesses were: Mary Ellen Kicza, Assistant Administrator, Satellite and Information Services, NOAA Written statement David Powner, GAO Written statement George Morrow, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Written statement

AIAA to Hold Meeting on Export Controls

AIAA to Hold Meeting on Export Controls

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will hold a seminar on Entrepreneurial Space and Export Controls on April 29 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. RSVP recommended.

ASAP Releases 2008 Annual Report

ASAP Releases 2008 Annual Report

NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) released its 2008 annual report. Among its recommendations, the ASAP “strongly endorses the NASA position on not extending Shuttle operations” beyond what is currently planned. The panel also “is not convinced that the Ares I and Orion initial operating capability (IOC) date can be improved appreciably by additional resources.” …

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CBO Releases Report on Budget Implications of NASA's Exploration Program

CBO Releases Report on Budget Implications of NASA's Exploration Program

The Congressional Budget Office released a report entitled “The Budgetary Implications of NASA’s Current Plans for Space Exploration.” The report updates a 2004 CBO analysis of 72 NASA programs that showed that NASA’s development programs could grow by 50% on average. Using that as a basis, the new report lays out four scenarios for fulfilling …

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