House Approves DOD Authorization Conference Report

House Approves DOD Authorization Conference Report

The House approved the conference report on the Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 2647) despite objections from Republicans. The controversy was not related to DOD space programs, but to language that was added expanding the federal definition of “hate crimes,” according to Congress Daily (subscription required). The vote was 281-146. The Senate now must …

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Iran Plans to Launch "Bio-Capsule" Within Two Years; Person by 2021

Iran Plans to Launch "Bio-Capsule" Within Two Years; Person by 2021

The head of Iran’s Aerospace Center says that Iran plans to launch a bio-capsule carrying “a living creature” within the next two years, according to Iran’s Fars news agency. Mohsen Bahrami reportedly made the announcement on October 6 as part of a ceremony celebrating Space Week. Iran conducted its first successul space launch in February …

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LCROSS Impacts the Moon

LCROSS Impacts the Moon

NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and its Centaur upper stage impacted the Moon this morning four minutes apart at about 7:30 am EDT. Centaur impacted first in the shadowed portion of the Cabeus crater at the Moon’s South Pole, spewing dust up from the surface. LCROSS flew through the dust taking measurements …

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LCROSS Scientists Explain Need For Time to Analyze Data

LCROSS Scientists Explain Need For Time to Analyze Data

The exciting impact of the LCROSS spacecraft and its Centaur upper stage at the Moon’s South Pole this morning apparently left some members of the press, and perhaps the public, dissatisfied with the outcome because scientists could not provide an instant answer to what was discovered. At a 10:00 am EDT press conference at NASA’s …

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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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