Charlie Bolden Speaks to Space Transportation Association

Charlie Bolden Speaks to Space Transportation Association

A link to a recording of NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s talk to the Space Transportation Association this morning is available on NASAWatch. Thanks, Keith!

Compromise in DOD Authorization Bill on Imaging Satellites

Compromise in DOD Authorization Bill on Imaging Satellites

The conferees on the DOD authorization bill (H.R. 2647) agreed that the Department of Defense (DOD) should “develop a plan to acquire the capacity of at least one 1.5 meter aperture [Electro-Optical] satellite” to be delivered in 5 years. The plan is to be submitted to Congress along with the FY2011 budget request. The conferees …

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Conferees Agree on DOD Authorization Bill

Conferees Agree on DOD Authorization Bill

House and Senate conferees have agreed on a FY2010 authorization bill for the Department of Defense (H.R. 2647). The text is available on the House Armed Services Committee’s website and the Senate Armed Services Committee’s website.

Congress Limits DOD's Funding for NPOESS Until the President Submits a New Plan

Congress Limits DOD's Funding for NPOESS Until the President Submits a New Plan

The conference version of the DOD authorization bill (H.R. 2647, sec. 913) directs the President to “develop a strategy for the management and funding” of NPOESS by DOD, NOAA and NASA. It requires that the strategy include program requirements, a management structure, and a funding profile for each of the three agencies’ participation in the …

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Export Control Relief for Satellites May Be A Step Closer

Export Control Relief for Satellites May Be A Step Closer

An assessment of the national security risks that would result from removing satellites and related components from the U.S. Munitions List (USML) is required by the conference version of the FY2010 Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill (H.R. 2647, Sec. 1248). The conferees direct that the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State, in consultation …

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Masten Space Systems Qualifies for Level 1 of Lunar Lander Challenge

Masten Space Systems Qualifies for Level 1 of Lunar Lander Challenge

Masten Space Systems qualified for Level 1 of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Landing Challenge today by flying its Xombie vertical-takeoff vertical-landing craft for 90 seconds between two pads 50 meters apart at an altitude of 50 meters and then repeating it within two hours according to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. The company reportedly plans to …

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Senate Debate on CJS Bill Unlikely to Finish Today

Senate Debate on CJS Bill Unlikely to Finish Today

Congress Daily (subscription required) reports that the Senate is not likely to complete its consideration of the FY2010 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill (H.R. 2847) today. The controversial issues that slowed action are not related to the space program. The publication quotes Senator Mikulski as saying that action probably will not be completed until next week. The …

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Senator Mikulski Extols Benefits of Space Program in Senate Floor Debate

Senator Mikulski Extols Benefits of Space Program in Senate Floor Debate

During Senate debate on the FY2010 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill (H.R. 2847) yesterday (October 7), Senator Mikulski (D-MD), who chairs the CJS subcommittee, added a personal element to the discussion. From her wheelchair, she extolled the benefits of the “space boot” she is wearing to protect a fractured ankle. She cited it as an example …

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Senate To Resume Debate on CJS Appropriations Today

Senate To Resume Debate on CJS Appropriations Today

The Senate is scheduled to resume consideration of the FY2010 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill today (Wednesday) at approximately 10:30 am under a unanimous-consent agreement that was reached yesterday. The bill was brought to the floor on Monday, but only two opening statements were made–by Senator Shelby (R-AL), ranking member of the CJS subcommittee, and Senator …

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SpaceX One Step Closer to Falcon 9 Launch

SpaceX One Step Closer to Falcon 9 Launch

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 has passed “acceptance testing” for the first and second stages. The first test flight of the Falcon 9 is scheduled for “one to three months” after it arrives at Cape Canaveral, FL next month, according to a company press release. Considerable attention is focused on the Falcon 9 as both a commercial …

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