Hints on Recommendations for NRO's New Charter

Hints on Recommendations for NRO's New Charter

Colin Clark of DODBuzz reports that the Obering Panel that is developing recommendations on a new charter for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) will “not make dramatic changes to either NRO’s responsibilities or its relationships to other parts of the government.” Quoting an unnamed former government official who is familiar with the work of the …

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Next Shuttle Launch Date Likely to Slip To Add More Foam Tests

Next Shuttle Launch Date Likely to Slip To Add More Foam Tests

The launch date for the next shuttle mission will probably slip to the last week of August in order to allow NASA to conduct additional tests of the foam on Discovery’s external tank. Bill Harwood of CBS News’ Space Place reports that shuttle engineers want 125 more “plug-pull” tests to add to the 26 they …

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Re-Updated — Events of Interest Week of July 27, 2009

Re-Updated — Events of Interest Week of July 27, 2009

The following events may be of interest. Meetings that are closed to the public are not listed. Some events require an RSVP. Check our calendar or the sponsor’s website for further information. This list was updated on July 24 and July 26 to insert links to the newly released agendas for the Augustine panel meetings, …

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Senate Passes FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

Senate Passes FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

The Senate passed the FY2010 authorization bill for the Department of Defense on July 23. One amendment that was adopted is a non-binding sense of Congress amendment offered by Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) that includes language that the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty being negotiated with Russia not put any limitations on missile defense or space capabilities …

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Boeing Withdraws Its GOES-R Protest

Boeing Withdraws Its GOES-R Protest

The Wall Street Journal online reports that Boeing has withdrawn its protest of the GOES-R weather satellite contract to Lockheed Martin. The newspaper quotes Boeing as saying that it withdrew the protest “after gaining additional insight into the re-evaluation” of how Lockheed Martin won.

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey News

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey News

Steve Squyres, chair of the NRC’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey, has issued a second “letter to the community.” Among other things, it contains a list of upcoming steering committee and panel meetings. The website for this Decadal Survey is located here and provides up to date information about the conduct of the survey, including how …

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House Appropriators Complete Markup of FY2010 DOD Appropriations Bill

House Appropriators Complete Markup of FY2010 DOD Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee completed markup of the FY2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill today, July 22, 2009. The Defense Subcommittee had approved an additional $369 million for advanced procurement for 12 more F-22 fighters than the President requested, and it is included in the version approved by the full committee. Subcommittee chairman John Murtha …

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President Obama Tells Charlie Bolden to "Incite Inspiration"

President Obama Tells Charlie Bolden to "Incite Inspiration"

CBS News interviewed NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver today (July 21, 2009). Gen. Bolden told CBS’ Bill Harwood that the message to him from President Obama was very brief and explicit — “incite inspiration in young people and the country again.” Gen. Bolden acknowleded that he and Ms. Garver need to …

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Senate Intelligence Committee Picks Small Sats

Senate Intelligence Committee Picks Small Sats

According to Congress Daily (subscription required), the Senate Intelligence Committee opted in favor of “smaller, cheaper spy satellites” instead of larger, more capable satellites favored by the Obama Administration during its markup of the FY2010 Intelligence Authorization bill last week. In a joint statement on July 17, committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and ranking member …

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Senate Votes to Remove Extra F-22 Funds From DOD Authorization Bill (S. 1390)

Senate Votes to Remove Extra F-22 Funds From DOD Authorization Bill (S. 1390)

The Senate voted today to remove funding for seven additional F-22’s that was added during Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) markup of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill (S. 1390). The vote was 58-40. Though not a space-related action, it does remove a logjam in Senate debate on the bill. The chairman and ranking member of …

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