ASAP Releases 2008 Annual Report

ASAP Releases 2008 Annual Report

NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) released its 2008 annual report. Among its recommendations, the ASAP “strongly endorses the NASA position on not extending Shuttle operations” beyond what is currently planned. The panel also “is not convinced that the Ares I and Orion initial operating capability (IOC) date can be improved appreciably by additional resources.” …

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CBO Releases Report on Budget Implications of NASA's Exploration Program

CBO Releases Report on Budget Implications of NASA's Exploration Program

The Congressional Budget Office released a report entitled “The Budgetary Implications of NASA’s Current Plans for Space Exploration.” The report updates a 2004 CBO analysis of 72 NASA programs that showed that NASA’s development programs could grow by 50% on average. Using that as a basis, the new report lays out four scenarios for fulfilling …

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IISL Colloquium to be Held in October in Daejeon, South Korea

IISL Colloquium to be Held in October in Daejeon, South Korea

The 52nd annual International Institute of Space Law colloquium will be held in connection with the International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, South Korea from October 12-16, 2009. Visit http://www.iislweb.org/ for more details.

SSB Chair Kennel Comments on a "New World Order In the Making"

SSB Chair Kennel Comments on a "New World Order In the Making"

Charlie Kennel, chair of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board, comments in the SSB’s most recent newsletter on “a new world order in the making — a world in which President Obama has promised, America would not–could not–act as a hegemon, but would strive to lead in the role of ‘first among equals.’”

UN COPUOS to meet June 3-12, Vienna, Austria

UN COPUOS to meet June 3-12, Vienna, Austria

The United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is scheduled to meet June 3-12, 2009 in Vienna, Austria.

Civil Space Activities

Civil Space Activities

DOD Recommends Terminating the Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Program

DOD Recommends Terminating the Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Program

On April 6, 2009, DOD Secretary Robert Gates announced his department’s key FY2010 budget recommendations one of which is that “Third, we will terminate the $26 billion transformational satellite program, TSAT, and instead will purchase two more advanced extremely high-frequency satellites as alternatives.”

President calls station to chat with astronauts

President calls station to chat with astronauts

President Barack Obama, hosting school kids and members of Congress, called the crews of the shuttle Discovery and the international space station today, quizzing the astronauts about life in space and offering congratulations for a successful station assembly mission. Transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-of-the-President-in-Conversation-with-International-Space-Station-via-Satellite/