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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Augustine Committee Report Debated on "The Space Show"

Augustine Committee Report Debated on "The Space Show"

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) teamed with The Space Show to host a panel discussion on the Augustine committee report. A podcast of the discussion is available at: http://www.thespaceshow.com/detail.asp?q=1236. Panelists were former astronaut Frank Culbertson, currently Senior Vice President of Orbital Sciences Corp; Elliott Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation; Scott “Doc” …

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Legislative Update on DOD Funding Bills: October 6, 2009

Legislative Update on DOD Funding Bills: October 6, 2009

The Senate passed the FY2010 Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill (H.R. 3326) today. The next step is a conference committee. Congress Daily (subscription required) reports that negotiations with the House have been ongoing for several weeks and the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Inouye (D-HI), hopes to have the conference completed by …

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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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Texas Congressional Delegation Asks President for More Stimulus Money for NASA

Texas Congressional Delegation Asks President for More Stimulus Money for NASA

Most members of the Texas congressional delegation sent a letter to President Obama urging him to spend up to $3 billion more in stimulus funding on NASA for FY2010. Congress already allocated $1 billion for NASA when it passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“the stimulus bill”) earlier this year. In the letter, Senators …

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Appropriations Update: October 5

Appropriations Update: October 5

The Senate began debating the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill today (H.R. 2847). Regarding the Senate Appropriations Committee’s action on NASA’s part of the bill, the Obama Administration’s Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) cites only the reduction of $18.7 million from the request for the innovation program as a problem. Unlike the House-passed bill, the version …

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