DOD Authorization Bill Passes House and Is Marked Up By SASC; Rep. Tauscher Confirmed for New Position at State

DOD Authorization Bill Passes House and Is Marked Up By SASC; Rep. Tauscher Confirmed for New Position at State

June 25 was a busy day for action on the FY2010 DOD authorization bill. The House passed its version of the $680 billion measure, H.R. 2647. The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) marked up its version, according to Congress Daily (subscription required). The same day, the Senate confirmed House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Strategic Forces …

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Events of Interest Week of June 29-July 3, 2009: Enjoy the 4th!

Events of Interest Week of June 29-July 3, 2009: Enjoy the 4th!

Congress will be in recess next week and most of the rest of Washington similarly will be catching its breath as the country celebrates Independence Day. Enjoy your July 4th holiday!

NASA Announces Events to Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

NASA Announces Events to Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

A list of events NASA is planning around the country to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon — July 20, 1969 — is available here. Not all of the events are open to the public.

SASC Adds $80 Million for NPOESS but Prohibits AF From Spending Half of Available NPOESS Funding Until New Plan is Submitted

SASC Adds $80 Million for NPOESS but Prohibits AF From Spending Half of Available NPOESS Funding Until New Plan is Submitted

In its markup of the FY2010 Department of Defense Authorization bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) directs that the Air Force not spend more than 50% of the funds available for NPOESS until it submits a new program management and funding plan in concert with NOAA and NASA. It also added $80 million for …

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Senate Appropriations Completes Markup of FY2010 CJS Bill

Senate Appropriations Completes Markup of FY2010 CJS Bill

The full Senate Appropriations Committee completed markup of the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill on June 25. No changes were made from the subcommittee markup the previous day. A summary of the committee’s actions is available here. (The title of the link says FY2009, but it is the FY2010 bill.)

Atlantis' November Launch May Slip Due to Knob Stuck in Window Pane

Atlantis' November Launch May Slip Due to Knob Stuck in Window Pane

Bill Harwood of CBS’ Space Place reports that space shuttle Atlantis’ November launch date may slip due to an unusual problem — a knob from a work light attachment apparently floated away from the last Atlantis crew (the Hubble servicing mission) while on orbit and is now lodged between a cockpit window pane and part …

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Details on Senate CJS Subcommittee Markup of Funding Bill for NASA and NOAA

Details on Senate CJS Subcommittee Markup of Funding Bill for NASA and NOAA

The Senate Appropriations Committee has posted a summary of action by the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee this afternoon. (The title of the link says FY2009, but it is the FY2010 bill.) Regarding NASA and NOAA’s satellite programs, the subcommittee supported the President’s requested funding levels (at least at the top levels): “National Aeronautics and Space …

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ESA and Russian Space Agency Leaders Tell Augustine Panel to Continue ISS Past 2015

ESA and Russian Space Agency Leaders Tell Augustine Panel to Continue ISS Past 2015

The June 17, 2009 meeting of the Augustine Panel on the future of the U.S. human spaceflight programs included teleconferenced briefings by the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jean-Jacques Dordain, and the Head of the Russian Space Agency, Gen. Anatoly Perminov. Dordain responded to questions provided in advance by the Panel that …

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Josh Hartman Tells Defense News There is a "Policy Void" on Data Sharing for Space Situational Awareness

Josh Hartman Tells Defense News There is a "Policy Void" on Data Sharing for Space Situational Awareness

Josh Hartman, who recently left the post of Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, was interviewed by Defense News just before his departure in early June. Hartman told the publication that space situational awareness is one of the top issues for the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). “Q. What …

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NASA Fares Better in Senate Subcommittee Markup

NASA Fares Better in Senate Subcommittee Markup

Ken Monroe (Republican staff of the House Science and Technology Committee) tweets from the ongoing Senate Appropriations CJS markup: “Senate Appropriations subcmte mark providing $18.68 billion to NASA.” This is the same as the request and $483 million more than the House-passed version of the bill. Details will be posted as they become available. Full …

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