Congressional Hearings on Augustine Report Begin Today

Congressional Hearings on Augustine Report Begin Today

Two days of congressional hearings on the Augustine committee report on the future of the human space flight program begin this afternoon. House Science and Technology Committee, today (Sept. 15), 2:00-4:00, 2318 Rayburn — Witnesses: chair of the Augustine committee, Norm Augustine; former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin; chair of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Joe …

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Mike Griffin's Testimony to the House Science and Technology Committee, September 15, 2009

Mike Griffin's Testimony to the House Science and Technology Committee, September 15, 2009

A personal email from former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin to friends expressing his views about the Augustine committee report found its way onto some space-related websites last week. SpacePolicyOnline.com decided to wait for Dr. Griffin’s official views as expressed in his testimony today to the House Science and Technology Committee. They are much the same. …

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SBIRS Still Facing Challenges

SBIRS Still Facing Challenges

General Robert Kehler, head of Air Force Space Command, told the annual conference of the Air Force Association that “persistent hardware and software problems” with the Space Based Infrared Satellite System (SBIRS) “have not yet been solved,” according to DODBuzz. SBIRS (formerly SBIRS-High) has been plagued with problems since its inception in 1996 and has …

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Augustine Committee Report: A SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheet Now Available

Augustine Committee Report: A SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheet Now Available

Don’t have time to read the Augustine committee’s report before the hearings this week? Read our concise 1-page fact sheet summarizing its key points. Find it on our left menu under “Our Fact Sheets and Reports” or click here. The fact sheet is authored by Laura M. Delgado who has just begun writing for SpacePolicyOnline.com. …

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China Begins Construction of New Space Launch Center in Hainan

China Begins Construction of New Space Launch Center in Hainan

After many years of discussion, China has begun construction of a new space launch site in Wenchang city on the island of Hainan according to China Daily. At 19 degrees north latitude, it will be the southern-most of the country’s space launch facilities. China is building a new launch vehicle, the Long March 5, that …

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Son of Israeli Astronaut Ramon Killed in Fighter Crash

Son of Israeli Astronaut Ramon Killed in Fighter Crash

As reported on NASAWatch, Assaf Ramon, son of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, was killed in the crash of a fighter jet in Hebron, Israel yesterday. Ilan Ramon perished in the space shuttle Columbia tragedy in 2003, Now his son, Assaf, has died in the crash of an F-16 plane he was piloting; an investigation is …

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Space Policy Institute Seminar on Augustine Report

Space Policy Institute Seminar on Augustine Report

George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute will hold a half day seminar looking at the Augustine committee’s report on options for the human space flight program: September 28, 8:15 am -12:30 pm, 1957 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 7th floor conference room. Seating is limited so an RSVP is required (spi@gwu.edu). See the agenda below. …

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Armadillo Aerospace Successfully Completes Level 2 of Lunar Lander Challenge

Armadillo Aerospace Successfully Completes Level 2 of Lunar Lander Challenge

Armadillo Aerospace succeeded yesterday in completing the necessary flights to qualify for a $1 million prize in NASA’s Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge according to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Two other companies plan to compete for the prize before the October 31 deadline, so Armadillo has not yet officially won. Nonetheless, its Scorpius launch vehicle …

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Events of Interest: Week of September 14, 2009

Events of Interest: Week of September 14, 2009

The following events may be of interest next week. See our calendar for more information. Note: dates, times and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check the committee’s website for up-to-date information. AIAA Space 2009 Conference and Exposition Monday-Thursday, Sept. 14-17 Pasadena, CA Hearings on the Augustine Committee Report Tuesday, Sept. 15 2:00 …

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One Way Trips to Mars: Science Friday Interviews Lawrence Krauss

One Way Trips to Mars: Science Friday Interviews Lawrence Krauss

NPR’s Science Friday interviewed Lawrence Krauss yesterday. He is the author of the provocative New York Times op-ed arguing for sending astronauts on one-way trips to Mars. His premise is that historically people traveled to new lands with no expectation of returning home and this should be no different. It would save money and one …

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