NRC Calls for Reinstatement of NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts

NRC Calls for Reinstatement of NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts

The National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) has released a study calling for reinstatement of NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). Established in 1998 to provide grants for external studies of revolutionary aeronautics and space technologies, NASA eliminated NIAC in 2007 because of budgetary pressures. It was funded at approximately $4 million …

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SpacePolicyOnline.com Summary of the August 5 Meeting of the Augustine Committee Now Available

SpacePolicyOnline.com Summary of the August 5 Meeting of the Augustine Committee Now Available

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the August 5, 2009 meeting of the Augustine committee that is deliberating the options for the human space flight program is now available. Look on our left menu for “Our Meeting Summaries” or simply click here.

House and Senate Cut Plutonium Production Funding, Imperiling NASA Space Science Mission Plans

House and Senate Cut Plutonium Production Funding, Imperiling NASA Space Science Mission Plans

The House and Senate have cut the funding requested by the Department of Energy (DOE) to restart production of plutonium-238 (Pu-238) that is needed to power some NASA space science and lunar exploration spacecraft. Pu-238 is needed to fuel radioisotope power sources (RPSs) that supply power for systems and instruments on spacecraft that cannot rely …

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It's More than a 90-Day Job: A SpacePolicyOnline.com Editorial

It's More than a 90-Day Job: A SpacePolicyOnline.com Editorial

Read It’s More Than a 90-Day Job , a SpacePolicyOnline.com editorial about the need to give the Augustine panel the time it needs to formulate a solid foundation for choices about the future of the human space flight program.

Options Being Studied by the Augustine Panel: Ed Crawley's Powerpoint Presentation

Options Being Studied by the Augustine Panel: Ed Crawley's Powerpoint Presentation

Augustine Panel member Ed Crawley’s Powerpoint slides from today’s meeting of the panel can be downloaded here. They summarize the distilled set of options that the Augustine panel will have “costed” in order to provide information to the panel to further narrow the list. They are expected to present three or four options to the …

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Augustine Panel Agendas for August 5 and 12 Now Available

Augustine Panel Agendas for August 5 and 12 Now Available

Agendas for the Augustine panel meetings on August 5 and August 12 in Washington, DC are now available. Among the experts who will brief the panel on August 5 are representatives of four of the five National Research Council “Decadal Surveys.” These studies are performed about every 10 years (a decade) looking out for the …

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Augustine Panel: Where the Debate Currently Stands

Augustine Panel: Where the Debate Currently Stands

The Augustine panel completed a marathon three-day set of public meetings across the South this week. The meetings in League City, Texas, Huntsville, Alabama and Cocoa Beach, Florida gave the first hints as to what panel members are thinking at this phase of the process. In addition to briefings on various aspects of the Constellation …

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Events of Interest in August

Events of Interest in August

Today begins the traditional August holidays for many in Washington. Although the Augustine panel on the future of human space flight is in full bore, and the Senate is in session for one week more, the schedule of activiities is pretty slow for the next four weeks. Following are those meetings that have been announced …

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OSTP Creating NPOESS Task Force

OSTP Creating NPOESS Task Force

White House Science Adviser John Holdren told the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee yesterday that he had directed creation of a task force to monitor progress and results on issues surrounding the NPOESS program. “I have directed the formation of a Task Force within the Executive Office of the President (which will include representatives …

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Shuttle Lands Safely at Kennedy Space Center

Shuttle Lands Safely at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Endeavour landed safely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 10:48 EDT today.