NPOESS Independent Review Team Report Now Available Online

NPOESS Independent Review Team Report Now Available Online

The report of the NPOESS Independent Review Team, chaired by Tom Young, is now available on the website of the House Science and Technology Committee. Mr. Young and others testified to the committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight this afternoon. The Government Accountability Office also testified and released its latest report on NPOESS.

Stimulus Money Used to Cover Overruns, Not to Accelerate Earth Science Decadal Survey Missions

Stimulus Money Used to Cover Overruns, Not to Accelerate Earth Science Decadal Survey Missions

Berrien Moore, Director of Climate Central and a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Space Studies Board, testified to the House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics that the additional funds provided for NASA’s earth science missions in the stimulus bill have been spent on cost overruns for existing missions, not …

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Aerospace Corp. Study Finds Delta IV Cheaper than Ares 1 For ISS Mission, But Could Add Two Years to Gap

Aerospace Corp. Study Finds Delta IV Cheaper than Ares 1 For ISS Mission, But Could Add Two Years to Gap

Aviation Week and Space Technology provided details of an as-yet unreleased Aerospace Corp. study that evaluated using a human-rated version of the Delta IV evolved expendable launch vehicle instead of the Ares 1 now in development to take crews to and from the International Space Station. The study apparently did not look at launch vehicle …

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Augustine Panel Agenda Now Available

Augustine Panel Agenda Now Available

NASA has posted the agenda for the public meeting of the Augustine panel on the future of NASA’s human space flight program that will be held tomorrow, 9:00-5:00 at the Carnegie Institute, 1530 P Street, N.W., Washington, DC.

GAO Commends NASA's Management of COTS Program, Worries About Aggressive Schedule

GAO Commends NASA's Management of COTS Program, Worries About Aggressive Schedule

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on June 16 that commends NASA for its management of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. At the same time, it expresses concern about the aggressive schedules towards which both COTS contractors — SpaceX and Orbital — are working and recently experienced delays. The study, “NASA: …

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House Debates Funding for NASA, NOAA, NSF

House Debates Funding for NASA, NOAA, NSF

The House of Representatives is currently debating the FY2010 appropriations bill for Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), including NASA, NOAA and NSF. Aficionados may follow the debate on C-Span (www.c-span.org). No votes are expected tonight.

Gil Klinger to be New Director of Space and Intelligence Capabilities in USD/ATL?

Gil Klinger to be New Director of Space and Intelligence Capabilities in USD/ATL?

Space News (subscription required) reports that Gil Klinger will replace Josh Hartman as director of space and intelligence capabilities and senior advisor to Ashton Carter, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD/ATL), the top acquisition post at DOD. Mr. Hartman had been advisor to Mr. Carter’s predecessor, John Young. Klinger is …

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New NRO Director Named

New NRO Director Named

Gen. Bruce Carlson (USAF, Ret.) is the new Director of the National Reconnaissance Office according to a Department of Defense press release. One of his previous assignments was commander, 8th Air Force and Joint Functional Component Commander for Space and Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command. His appointment had been rumored for several weeks.

Fate of FY2009 Funding for Commercial Crew and Cargo Still Unclear

Fate of FY2009 Funding for Commercial Crew and Cargo Still Unclear

The House Appropriations Committee published a list of terminations and reductions in the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill last week. A notable item was a reduction of $113.9 million for commercial crew and cargo in FY2009. To reduce or eliminate existing appropriations is called a rescission. Just as a law must be passed to …

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Fireworks Expected at HASC Markup Tuesday

Fireworks Expected at HASC Markup Tuesday

Congress Daily (subscription required) reports that Republicans are likely to use the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC’s) full committee markup of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill on Tuesday as a venue to “portray Democrats as failing to keep America safe from rogue nations and terrorists.” The debate is likely to center on the Obama Administration’s …

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