Six Person ISS Crew a Reality at Last

Six Person ISS Crew a Reality at Last

The Soyuz TMA-15 mission successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) today, bringing three new international crew members who will reside aboard the station for 6 months. They join the three-person international crew already aboard the station, who will remain for another 4 months. For the first time, the ISS has a permanent crew …

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Augustine Panel Members to be Announced Soon

Augustine Panel Members to be Announced Soon

Aerospace Daily reports that the members of the Augustine panel to assess options for NASA’s human space flight program will be named imminently. According to the report, Mr. Augustine wants members who are open-minded. While the charter to the group from the White House Office of Science and Technology is fairly clear, not all members …

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Events of Interest Next Week (June 1-5)

Events of Interest Next Week (June 1-5)

Next week (June 1-5, 2009) no space-related congressional hearings have been publicly announced as of yet. The Write Stuff blog reports that Senator Nelson is trying to expedite the nomination process for Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver, however, so a nomination hearing could be scheduled at any time after the nomination is formally submitted to …

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New NRO Director to be Named

New NRO Director to be Named

DODBuzz.com reports that General Bruce Carlson (Air Force, retired) is likely to be named as the new director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which builds and operates the nation’s spy satellites. He would replace Scott Large, who resigned in January. Carlson is the former commander of Air Force Materiel Command.

Soyuz Launch Ushers in New Era for International Space Station

Soyuz Launch Ushers in New Era for 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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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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