Not Sure What a "Decadal Survey" Is? Get an Explanation and Links to the Three Ongoing NRC Studies at SpacePolicyOnline.com

Not Sure What a "Decadal Survey" Is? Get an Explanation and Links to the Three Ongoing NRC Studies at SpacePolicyOnline.com

Decadal Surveys are signature products of the National Research Council because they set consensus-based priorities in various fields of research. Our “National Research Council” section (on our left menu) has been updated to explain what Decadal Surveys are and to provide links to the four existing Decadal Surveys that guide space and earth science research …

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Rep. Harman to Hold Hearing on DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis June 24

Rep. Harman to Hold Hearing on DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis June 24

Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment, will hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Office of Intelligence and Analysis on June 24 at 10:00 am in 311 Cannon House Office Building. The witness will be Bart Johnson, Acting …

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House Expected to Debate FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill (H.R. 2647) This Week

House Expected to Debate FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill (H.R. 2647) This Week

According to Congress Daily (subscription required), the House is expected to take up the FY2010 Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 2647) this week. The bill was reported from the House Armed Services Committee last week (H. Rept. 111-166). It is available on the committee’s website or through Thomas. The House Rules Committee is scheduled …

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Patti Grace Smith tells AIAA Crowd That America Must Embrace New Commercial Space Companies

Patti Grace Smith tells AIAA Crowd That America Must Embrace New Commercial Space Companies

Patti Grace Smith issued a rallying cry for commercial space transportation on Thursday at an AIAA symposium on Innovation in Orbit: An Exploration of Commercial Crew and Cargo Transportation. The former Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA, who is now a consultant, said that “America is losing the space race.” To be …

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CJS Debate Set New Record for Votes

CJS Debate Set New Record for Votes

According to Congress Daily (subscription required), the House debate on the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill yesterday set a new record for votes in a single day. “The House Thursday conducted a raucous, marathon series of 53 roll-call votes” in an “eight-hour vote-a-rama.” The earlier record was 40 votes in a single day on Oct. …

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Events of Interest Week of June 22-26, 2009

Events of Interest Week of June 22-26, 2009

The following events next week may be of interest. In addition to the events listed below, the DOD authorization bill may go to the floor in the House. Check the House calendar at http://www.house.gov for up to the minute information. The Senate Armed Services Committee and its subcommittees are scheduled to markup their versions of …

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First Launch of the Vision for Space Exploration Successful

First Launch of the Vision for Space Exploration Successful

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) were successfully launched by an Atlas 5 on June 18. This is the first launch of the Vision for Space Exploration announced by President George W. Bush in January 2004. The launch originally was scheduled to take place during the Bush …

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Augustine Panel Public Meeting 1: Information Rich, No Bombshells

Augustine Panel Public Meeting 1: Information Rich, No Bombshells

The Augustine panel held a public meeting today in Washington, D.C. The day-long meeting was jam-packed with briefings from NASA, the Aerospace Corp., the COTS companies (SpaceX and Orbital), and representatives of companies and groups promoting alternatives to the Ares launch vehicles. A teleconference was held with the heads of the European Space Agency (Jean-Jacques …

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HASC "Orders Reported" the FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill, H.R. 2647; Floor Action Possible Next Week

HASC "Orders Reported" the FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill, H.R. 2647; Floor Action Possible Next Week

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed its markup of the FY2010 Department of Defense Authorization Bill, H.R. 2647, on June 17 and ordered it reported from committee (which means that the committee agreed to it, but the report has not yet been formally submitted). No significant amendments affecting national security space programs appear to …

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House Continues to Debate CJS Appropriations Bill

House Continues to Debate CJS Appropriations Bill

As of 8:00 pm EDT June 17, the House was continuing to debate the CJS appropriations bill. Aficionados may watch the proceedings on C-SPAN (http://www.c-span.org).