Atlantis' November Launch May Slip Due to Knob Stuck in Window Pane

Atlantis' November Launch May Slip Due to Knob Stuck in Window Pane

Bill Harwood of CBS’ Space Place reports that space shuttle Atlantis’ November launch date may slip due to an unusual problem — a knob from a work light attachment apparently floated away from the last Atlantis crew (the Hubble servicing mission) while on orbit and is now lodged between a cockpit window pane and part …

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Controversy Over New Electro-Optical Intelligence Satellites Explored

Controversy Over New Electro-Optical Intelligence Satellites Explored

Dwayne Day, writing for The Space Review, looks at the controversy over what new electro-optical intelligence satellites should be procured in a June 22 article “Gum in the Keyhole” (a whimsical reference to the Keyhole (KH) series of reconnaissance satellites). Dr. Day is co-author of the book “Eye in the Sky: The Story of the …

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Details on Senate CJS Subcommittee Markup of Funding Bill for NASA and NOAA

Details on Senate CJS Subcommittee Markup of Funding Bill for NASA and NOAA

The Senate Appropriations Committee has posted a summary of action by the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee this afternoon. (The title of the link says FY2009, but it is the FY2010 bill.) Regarding NASA and NOAA’s satellite programs, the subcommittee supported the President’s requested funding levels (at least at the top levels): “National Aeronautics and Space …

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ESA and Russian Space Agency Leaders Tell Augustine Panel to Continue ISS Past 2015

ESA and Russian Space Agency Leaders Tell Augustine Panel to Continue ISS Past 2015

The June 17, 2009 meeting of the Augustine Panel on the future of the U.S. human spaceflight programs included teleconferenced briefings by the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jean-Jacques Dordain, and the Head of the Russian Space Agency, Gen. Anatoly Perminov. Dordain responded to questions provided in advance by the Panel that …

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Josh Hartman Tells Defense News There is a "Policy Void" on Data Sharing for Space Situational Awareness

Josh Hartman Tells Defense News There is a "Policy Void" on Data Sharing for Space Situational Awareness

Josh Hartman, who recently left the post of Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, was interviewed by Defense News just before his departure in early June. Hartman told the publication that space situational awareness is one of the top issues for the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). “Q. What …

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NASA Fares Better in Senate Subcommittee Markup

NASA Fares Better in Senate Subcommittee Markup

Ken Monroe (Republican staff of the House Science and Technology Committee) tweets from the ongoing Senate Appropriations CJS markup: “Senate Appropriations subcmte mark providing $18.68 billion to NASA.” This is the same as the request and $483 million more than the House-passed version of the bill. Details will be posted as they become available. Full …

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Veto Threat For FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

Veto Threat For FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

In its Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 2647, the FY2010 DOD authorization bill, the Office of Management and Budget stated that the President’s senior advisors would recommend a veto if the final bill contains funding approved by the House Armed Services Committee to buy additional F-22’s beyond the President’s request. The House is expected …

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AP Reports that DHS Will Kill National Applications Office

AP Reports that DHS Will Kill National Applications Office

The Associated Press is reporting that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has decided to kill the National Applications Office (NAO) program. The program has been at the center of controversy as to whether DHS has appropriate privacy safeguards in place for domestic use of Intelligence Community assets such as classified satellite imagery. …

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Online Journal of Space Communications Publishes Special Issue on "Women in Space"

Online Journal of Space Communications Publishes Special Issue on "Women in Space"

The current issue (#15) of Online Journal of Space Communications profiles more than 50 women in the aerospace field, both government and private sector, including Yvonne Brill (consultant), Ellen Hoff (President, W.L. Pritchard & Co.), Wanda Austin (Aerospace Corp.), the late Eilene Galloway, Joanne Maguire (Lockheed Martin), Kay Sears (Intelsat General), Gwynne Shotwell (SpaceX), Nicole …

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Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Sea Launch Company, LLC, which launches commercial communications satellites from a converted mobile ocean oil rig that travels from Long Beach, CA to the equator for launch, filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 22. Kjell Karlsen, President and General Manager, assured customers that Sea Launch will continue to operate during the …

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