Augustine Committee Status Check

Augustine Committee Status Check

The clock is ticking down to the last days for the Augustine committee, which is tasked to develop options for the future of the human space flight program. Based on public reports, here is where things stand as of August 18, 2009. According to press reports, White House and NASA officials were briefed on the …

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Shuttle Apparently Cleared for Next Week's Launch with One-Day Delay

Shuttle Apparently Cleared for Next Week's Launch with One-Day Delay

NASA extended its Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission for an extra day. A news conference expected to occur this afternoon will not take place until the FRR is finished tomorrow (Wednesday). NASA tweets on Twitter stated that the FRR will resume at 7:30 am EDT tomorrow, but that issues concerning …

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Augustine Tells the Newshour that NASA Needs $4 Billion per Year More

Augustine Tells the Newshour that NASA Needs $4 Billion per Year More

Judy Woodruff of PBS’s Newshour interviewed Norm Augustine on Friday, August 14 about the status of his review of NASA’s human space flight program. She opened her report by noting that the committee had reported to the White House and NASA earlier in the day. The following are particularly interesting excerpts, including his assessment that …

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Last Delta II Launch of GPS Satellite Successful

Last Delta II Launch of GPS Satellite Successful

The final launch of a Delta II launch vehicle carrying a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite was successfully carried out today. Several more flights of the Delta II are scheduled through 2011 by United Launch Alliance, but this is the last to carry a GPS satellite. Newer GPS satellites need larger boosters in the Delta …

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NRC Decadal Surveys Busy During August

NRC Decadal Surveys Busy During August

Most of Washington may be on vacation this month, but two of the National Research Council (NRC) decadal survey committees are busily working away. Six of the seven panels of the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space will meet jointly this week (Aug. 19-21), and three of the five panels of the …

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Obama Orders Review of Export Controls

Obama Orders Review of Export Controls

President Obama has ordered a review of U.S. export control policy. In a press statement on Thursday, August 13, the White House announced that the President has directed that the National Economic Council (NEC) and National Security Council (NSC) “launch a broad-based interagency process for reviewing the overall U.S. export control system, including both the …

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Tomorrow's FRR To Determine if Shuttle Discovery is Ready to Fly

Tomorrow's FRR To Determine if Shuttle Discovery is Ready to Fly

NASA will conduct a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) tomorrow, August 18, to determine if the space shuttle Discovery is ready for its STS-128 mission. NASA is continuing to assess whether it is satisifed that the foam loss issues that affected the previous shuttle launch are sufficiently well understood and will not recur. Launch is currently …

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Augustine Panel: No Good News On Matching Budget, Exploration Program

Augustine Panel: No Good News On Matching Budget, Exploration Program

The Augustine panel had no encouraging words for supporters of the Constellation program or any of the other concepts for sending humans beyond low Earth orbit. New York Times, NASA Panel Grapples with Cost of Space Plans The United States cannot afford to send humans anywhere beyond the space station – especially Mars – unless …

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NRC Releases Interim Report on Near Earth Objects (NEOs)

NRC Releases Interim Report on Near Earth Objects (NEOs)

The National Research Council released an interim report today on strategies for surveying and detecting Near Earth Objects.

AIA Symposium on What's Next for the International Space Station: August 13, 10-11 am, 2318 Rayburn

AIA Symposium on What's Next for the International Space Station: August 13, 10-11 am, 2318 Rayburn

The Aerospace Industries Association is sponsoring a one-hour symposium on What’s Next for the International Space Station from 10:00-11:00 am on August 13, 2009 in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Scheduled speakers and RSVP info below. William GerstenmaierAssociate Administrator, NASA Space Operations Directorate Joy Bryant Vice President & Program Manager, International Space StationThe Boeing Company …

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