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The Wall Street Journal online reports that Boeing has withdrawn its protest of the GOES-R weather satellite contract to Lockheed Martin.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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Bolden Interview with AP: Will be Disappointed if Humans Are Not on Mars in His Lifetime

Bolden Interview with AP: Will be Disappointed if Humans Are Not on Mars in His Lifetime

The Associated Press reports that, in an interview, new NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said that: “In my lifetime, I will be incredibly disappointed if we have not at least reached Mars.” His sentiments echo those Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins at the National Air and Space Museum on Sunday night.

Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Talk with Employees

Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Talk with Employees

A webcast of the first meeting of Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver with NASA employees yesterday (July 21, 2009) does not appear to have been posted on the NASA website, but two accounts of what transpired have been published — in the Washington Post and on the Orlando Sentinel’s Write Stuff blog. Both referred to …

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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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Videos from Endeavour's SRBs Now on YouTube

Videos from Endeavour's SRBs Now on YouTube

The video from the cameras on Endeavour’s Solid Rocket Boosters is now available on NASA’s YouTube site.