Cubesats Adding to Space Debris Woes; DARPA Seeking Innovative Clean-up Solutions

Cubesats Adding to Space Debris Woes; DARPA Seeking Innovative Clean-up Solutions

Leonard David reports in Space News that cubesats are adding to the problem of space debris. He quotes John Lyver of NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance as saying that cubesats are neat, cheap and do great stuff, but “they are increasing orbital debris…and it’s uncontrolled orbital debris.” Meanwhile, through a request for information …

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NASA's Need for Plutonium Gets Airing on National Public Radio As Conferees Prepare to Meet

NASA's Need for Plutonium Gets Airing on National Public Radio As Conferees Prepare to Meet

National Public Radio ran a story this morning about NASA’s need for plutonium-238 for its robotic deep space and some lunar surface missions. As reported earlier on SpacePolicyOnline.com, the Obama Administration requested $30 million in the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) FY2010 budget to restart production of this fuel. The Senate zeroed the request and the …

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New Impact Point for LCROSS

New Impact Point for LCROSS

The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) science team has decided that the spacecraft should impact a different crater on the Moon. Initially the Cabeus-A crater was selected, but now LCROSS will aim at Cabeus (proper). Additional analysis using data from four past and present lunar probes (LRO, Lunar Prospector, India’s Chandrayaan-1, Japan’s Kaguya) …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel September 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel September 2009

The following presentations were made to the second meeting of the Satellites panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on September 21-23, 2009 in Irvine, CA. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting (note that ESA’s Michel Blanc substituted for ESA’s Michele Dougherty). Adobe …

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U.N. Report of June 2009 COPUOS Meeting Now Available

U.N. Report of June 2009 COPUOS Meeting Now Available

The report of the 64th session of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) is now available from the U.N. Office of Outer Space Affairs. The meeting was held June 3-12, 2009 in Vienna, Austria. The report is available in all the official languages of the United Nations.

Events of Interest (Update 2): Week of September 28-October 2, 2009

Events of Interest (Update 2): Week of September 28-October 2, 2009

The following events may of interest in the coming week. See our calendar for more information. Note: Dates, times and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change, as are congressional floor schedules. Check the committee’s website, or the main sites for the House and Senate, for up to date information. Monday, September 28 8:15-12:30, …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Giant Planets Panel August 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Giant Planets Panel August 2009

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Giant Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on August 24-26, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Some of these were joint sessions with another Decadal Survey …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Mars Panel September 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Mars Panel September 2009

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Mars panelof the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on September 9-11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Adobe 8.0 or higher is needed to open most of these files. …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel August 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to the Satellites Panel August 2009

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Satellites panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on August 24-26, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Some of these were joint sessions with other Decadal Survey panels. …

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Presentations to the Panels of the NRC's Planetary Science Decadal Survey Now on SpacePolicyOnline.com

Presentations to the Panels of the NRC's Planetary Science Decadal Survey Now on SpacePolicyOnline.com

The presentations that were made to the first meetings of each of the five panels of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Planetary Science Decadal Survey are now available on SpacePolicyOnline.com. Visit our NRC page on the left menu to find those presentations and other links to NRC studies. Three of the five panels met in …

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