ESA and Russian Space Agency Leaders Tell Augustine Panel to Continue ISS Past 2015

ESA and Russian Space Agency Leaders Tell Augustine Panel to Continue ISS Past 2015

The June 17, 2009 meeting of the Augustine Panel on the future of the U.S. human spaceflight programs included teleconferenced briefings by the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jean-Jacques Dordain, and the Head of the Russian Space Agency, Gen. Anatoly Perminov. Dordain responded to questions provided in advance by the Panel that …

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Josh Hartman Tells Defense News There is a "Policy Void" on Data Sharing for Space Situational Awareness

Josh Hartman Tells Defense News There is a "Policy Void" on Data Sharing for Space Situational Awareness

Josh Hartman, who recently left the post of Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, was interviewed by Defense News just before his departure in early June. Hartman told the publication that space situational awareness is one of the top issues for the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). “Q. What …

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NASA Fares Better in Senate Subcommittee Markup

NASA Fares Better in Senate Subcommittee Markup

Ken Monroe (Republican staff of the House Science and Technology Committee) tweets from the ongoing Senate Appropriations CJS markup: “Senate Appropriations subcmte mark providing $18.68 billion to NASA.” This is the same as the request and $483 million more than the House-passed version of the bill. Details will be posted as they become available. Full …

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Veto Threat For FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

Veto Threat For FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

In its Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 2647, the FY2010 DOD authorization bill, the Office of Management and Budget stated that the President’s senior advisors would recommend a veto if the final bill contains funding approved by the House Armed Services Committee to buy additional F-22’s beyond the President’s request. The House is expected …

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AP Reports that DHS Will Kill National Applications Office

AP Reports that DHS Will Kill National Applications Office

The Associated Press is reporting that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has decided to kill the National Applications Office (NAO) program. The program has been at the center of controversy as to whether DHS has appropriate privacy safeguards in place for domestic use of Intelligence Community assets such as classified satellite imagery. …

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Online Journal of Space Communications Publishes Special Issue on "Women in Space"

Online Journal of Space Communications Publishes Special Issue on "Women in Space"

The current issue (#15) of Online Journal of Space Communications profiles more than 50 women in the aerospace field, both government and private sector, including Yvonne Brill (consultant), Ellen Hoff (President, W.L. Pritchard & Co.), Wanda Austin (Aerospace Corp.), the late Eilene Galloway, Joanne Maguire (Lockheed Martin), Kay Sears (Intelsat General), Gwynne Shotwell (SpaceX), Nicole …

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Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Sea Launch Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Sea Launch Company, LLC, which launches commercial communications satellites from a converted mobile ocean oil rig that travels from Long Beach, CA to the equator for launch, filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 22. Kjell Karlsen, President and General Manager, assured customers that Sea Launch will continue to operate during the …

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Senate Appropriators to Mark Up CJS Bill on June 24 and 25

Senate Appropriators to Mark Up CJS Bill on June 24 and 25

The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up its version of the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill (which includes NASA, NOAA and NSF) this week. Subcommittee markup is scheduled for June 24 at 2:30 pm in 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Full committee markup is scheduled for June 25 at 3:00 pm in 106 …

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Not Sure What a "Decadal Survey" Is? Get an Explanation and Links to the Three Ongoing NRC Studies at SpacePolicyOnline.com

Not Sure What a "Decadal Survey" Is? Get an Explanation and Links to the Three Ongoing NRC Studies at SpacePolicyOnline.com

Decadal Surveys are signature products of the National Research Council because they set consensus-based priorities in various fields of research. Our “National Research Council” section (on our left menu) has been updated to explain what Decadal Surveys are and to provide links to the four existing Decadal Surveys that guide space and earth science research …

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Rep. Harman to Hold Hearing on DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis June 24

Rep. Harman to Hold Hearing on DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis June 24

Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment, will hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Office of Intelligence and Analysis on June 24 at 10:00 am in 311 Cannon House Office Building. The witness will be Bart Johnson, Acting …

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