Beth Robinson To Be Nominated as NASA's Chief Financial Officer

Beth Robinson To Be Nominated as NASA's Chief Financial Officer

President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Elizabeth “Beth” Robinson to be NASA’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Dr. Robinson is currently Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She also has worked at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), as a professional staff member of the House Science Committee, and at the …

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PolitiFact.com Cites Three More Obama Space Promises as "In The Works"

PolitiFact.com Cites Three More Obama Space Promises as "In The Works"

With the release of the Augustine committee report, PolitiFact.com has added three more space program promises by President Obama to the category of “In the Works”: Support Human Mission to the Moon by 2020, Work with International Allies on the Space Station; and Speed Up the Development of the Next Generation Space Vehicle. PolitiFact.com is …

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Summary of Senate Hearing on the Augustine Committee Report Now Available on SpacePolicyOnline.com

Summary of Senate Hearing on the Augustine Committee Report Now Available on SpacePolicyOnline.com

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the September 16, 2009 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Science and Space hearing on the Augustine committee report is now available. Look on our left menu under “Our Hearing Summaries” or just click here. The Augustine committee was tasked with assessing options for the future of the human …

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Garver Dampens Expectations for NASA Budget Increases

Garver Dampens Expectations for NASA Budget Increases

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver reined in expectations that the Obama Administration might significantly increase the NASA budget, according to Space News. Garver spoke at AIAA’s Space 2009 conference in Pasadena on September 16. The newspaper quoted Ms. Garver as saying that budgets were tight when she previously was at NASA (in the late 1990s) …

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Japan's HTV Successfully Joins the International Space Station

Japan's HTV Successfully Joins the International Space Station

Japan’s HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) is now successfully berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station (ISS). Canadarm II, the main ISS robotic arm (built by Canada), grappled onto the HTV at 6:23 pm EDT yesterday. The ISS crew opened the hatch to the HTV at 2:23 pm EDT today and began transferring …

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NASA Signs Agreements with ESA, France

NASA Signs Agreements with ESA, France

In the past week, NASA has signed more agreements with its international partners. In addition to the framework agreement with Canada announced last week, NASA signed agreements with the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 11 and the French space agency Centre Nationale d’etudes Spatiale (CNES) on September 17. The NASA-ESA agreement provides for exchanging …

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Summary of the House Hearing on the Augustine Committee Report Now Available on SpacePolicyOnline.com

Summary of the House Hearing on the Augustine Committee Report Now Available on SpacePolicyOnline.com

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the September 15, 2009 House Science and Technology Committee’s hearing on the Augustine committee report is now available. Look on our left menu under “Our Hearing Summaries” or just click here. The Augustine committee was tasked with assessing options for the future of the human space flight program. A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary …

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Senate Could Debate CJS or DOD Appropriations Next Week

Senate Could Debate CJS or DOD Appropriations Next Week

Congress Daily (subscription required) reports that either the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) or Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill could reach the Senate floor next week. CJS funds NASA and NOAA. (See our legislative checklist for more information on the bills.) The newspaper quotes Senate Majority Leader Reid as expressing optimism that conference agreement could be reached …

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Sen. Nelson Believes President Will Make Bold Decision on Human Space Flight

Sen. Nelson Believes President Will Make Bold Decision on Human Space Flight

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) closed his hearing on the Augustine committee report today on an optimistic note. While acknowledging how difficult it will be to find funds for human space flight in these budget deficit laden times, he said: “I think the President really has a major decision here. There’s nothing like a President making …

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UPDATED: Who Will Lead Space Florida?

UPDATED: Who Will Lead Space Florida?

FINAL UPDATE Frank DiBello, acting President of Space Florida, has been selected as its new President, according to the Orlando Sentinel. UPDATED As first reported on NASAWatch, the Orlando Sentinel now reports that Ms. Dale has declined Space Florida’s offer. ORIGINAL STORY The Orlando Sentinel reported yesterday that former NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale was …

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