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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Intelligence Authorization Bill Held Up by Spy Satellite Issue

Intelligence Authorization Bill Held Up by Spy Satellite Issue

The FY2010 authorization bill for the Intelligence Community (H.R. 2701/S. 1494) remains stuck as negotiators try to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. One of the sticking points is competing proposals for the country’s spy satellites, according to Congress Daily (subscription required). The bill is under a veto threat because of language concerning …

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White House To Celebrate International Year of Astronomy on Wednesday Night, Oct. 7

White House To Celebrate International Year of Astronomy on Wednesday Night, Oct. 7

President and Mrs. Obama will host an event at the White House on Wednesday night, October 7, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The “White House Star Party” will begin with the President speaking at 8:00 pm EDT (to be streamed live on the White House website — whitehouse.gov). More than 20 …

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Events of Interest (Updated): Week of October 5-9, 2009

Events of Interest (Updated): Week of October 5-9, 2009

The following events in the coming week may be of interest. In addition, the Senate is expected to pass the conference report on the Energy-Water appropriations bill, pass the Department of Defense appropriations bill (action was not completed last week as earlier expected), and possibly turn to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill (which includes NASA and …

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Augustine Committee: Public Teleconference Set for October 8

Augustine Committee: Public Teleconference Set for October 8

Despite the optimistic assessment of Augustine committee member Les Lyles at Monday’s Space Policy Institute (SPI) meeting that the committee would meet its goal of submitting a final report by the end of September, that clearly will not happen. Instead, the Augustine committee has scheduled a public teleconference for October 8, 2009. Public meetings are …

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New ISS Crew Members Settling In

New ISS Crew Members Settling In

Soyuz TMA-16 successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) early this morning and its three crew members opened the hatch to the space station at 6:57 am EDT. Two of them, Russian Maxim Suraev and American Jeffrey Williams, will become part of the Expedition 21 crew. The third is Canadian “spaceflight participant” Guy Laliberte, …

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