Soyuz Launch Ushers in New Era for the International Space Station

Soyuz Launch Ushers in New Era for the International Space Station

The long-awaited expansion of the permanent crew size of the International Space Station (ISS) to six is about to become a reality. The result should be a substantial increase in the amount of scientific research that can be conducted aboard the orbiting complex. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft was launched this morning from the Baikonur launch …

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Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Being Nominated to Lead NASA

Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Being Nominated to Lead NASA

President Obama has finally announced officially that Charlie Bolden is being nominated to serve as the next NASA Administrator. Lori Garver is being nominated as his deputy. Both posts require Senate confirmation. Maj. Gen. Bolden (USMC, Ret.) and Ms. Garver, who served as head of the Obama transition team for NASA, long had been rumored …

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Aligning Policies and Budgets: June 2 Symposium at GWU

Aligning Policies and Budgets: June 2 Symposium at GWU

George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute will hold a day-long symposium on Aligning Policies and Budgets on June 2, 2009. The event is free, but an RSVP is required at http://www.gwu.edu/~spi/. Keynoters include Acting NASA Administrator Christopher Scolese; NOAA Administrator Janet Lubchenco (invited); Gen. James Cartwright, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Alden Munson, Deputy …

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It's Law! President Signs Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act

It's Law! President Signs Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act

President Obama wasted no time signing into law the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (S. 454). Less than 24 hours after the bill received final approval in Congress, the President signed the measure on May 22, 2009 at a ceremony in the Rose Garden. Read the President’s remarks. See our previous stories on …

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Recent GAO Reports on National Security Space Programs

Recent GAO Reports on National Security Space Programs

Space Acquisitions: Challenges in Commercializing Technologies Developed Under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. GAO-11-21. November 2010. (41 pages) Global Positioning System: Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Capabilities Persist. GAO-10-636, September 2010. (68 pages) Space Acquisitions: DOD Poised to Enhance Space Capabilities, but Persistent Challenges Remain in Developing Space Systems, Testimony by Cristina Chaplain, director, …

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Space Program on Display at New Capitol Visitor Center

Space Program on Display at New Capitol Visitor Center

Thanks to Brendan Curry of the Space Foundation for the following info about the space exhibit at the new Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. Perhaps a place to visit this Memorial Day weekend! “The new Capitol Visitors Center is a museum about Congress and what its duties are etc. One large marble exhibit touts …

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Congress in Recess Next Week: No Hearings of Interest

Congress in Recess Next Week: No Hearings of Interest

The House and Senate will both be in recess next week (May 25-29, 2009). Congressional hearings during recess periods are uncommon, and none is currently scheduled related to space activities. We can all take a breather after the flurry of hearings this week! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

House and Senate Unanimously Approve Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Bill

House and Senate Unanimously Approve Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Bill

The House unanimously agreed to the conference report on the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act (S. 454, conference report H. Rept. 111-124) on May 21, 2009, clearing the measure for the President. The Senate unanimously approved the conference report a day earlier. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

Operationally Responsive Space on Air Force FY2010 Unfunded Priorities List

Operationally Responsive Space on Air Force FY2010 Unfunded Priorities List

Thanks to Aviation Week’s Amy Butler for posting the Air Force’s unfunded requirements list for FY2010 on her blog so that is available on the Web. Third on the list of 20 items is $103 million for the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program. Of the 18 unclassified programs on the list, it is the only …

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President Tells STS-125 Crew "You inspire us all"

President Tells STS-125 Crew "You inspire us all"

In a May 20, 2009 phone call with the orbiting STS-125 crew, President Obama told them “The space program’s always described our willingness to stretch beyond current boundaries and to look at things in new ways. So, in that way, you inspire us all…” He declined to tell the crew his choice for the new …

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