Unusual Congressional lobbying

People ask members of Congress to take all sorts of action on space-related issues: support the Vision for Space Exploration, fully fund NASA, keep Hubble operating, save Enterprise. Save Enterprise? The TV show? Yesterday I stumbled across an online ad that linked to this page, part of a grassroots effort to revive the show from [...]

NY Times on Griffin

An editorial in today’s New York Times praises Michael Griffin for his comments during last week’s confirmation hearing (which the Times calls a “love fest”; where have we heard that before?) “Dr. Griffin showed an encouraging independence of mind and a willingness to abandon past NASA decisions that look increasingly myopic,” the editorial states, noting [...]

Space policy priorities

In an article in this week’s issue of The Space Review, Sam Dinkin ranks a number of space policy options designed to improve space access or otherwise further commercial development of space. There are some interesting ideas here, such as subsidizing EELV developers on a per-launch basis rather than as a flat fee as currently [...]

Dueling hearings

While the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee will take up commercial spaceflight policy issues Wednesday morning, the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee will be meeting at the same time for a hearing on ISS research. Two panels of speakers are planned, including NASA associate administrator Bill Readdy and astronaut Mike Fincke. Sen. Hutchison, who chairs [...]

House hearing on commercial spaceflight

The House Science Committee’s space subcommittee will be holding a hearing this coming Wednesday, April 20 on “Future Market for Commercial Space”. The hearing, at the very least, promises some prominent names:

Panel I

Mr. Burt Rutan, Scaled Composites, LLC; and Mr. Will Whitehorn, President, Virgin Galactic.

Panel II

Mr. Elon Musk, Chairman and Chief [...]

AIAA milspace policy luncheon

The AIAA’s National Capital Section in Washington will be holding a luncheon on April 28 to discussion military space issues. Josh Hartman, a staffer with the House Armed Services Committee, will discuss “HASC Priorities for Military Space” at the luncheon. See the AIAA-NCS web site for logistical details.

Senate space subcommittee roster

The Senate Commerce Committee finally released yesterday the assignments of its members to its various subcommittees, including the Subcommittee on Science and Space. The leadership of the subcommittee—chairwoman Kay Bailey Hutchison and ranking member Bill Nelson—had already been announced, but the rest of the members are just now known:

Ted Stevens (R-AK) Conrad Burns (R-MT) [...]

Confirmed

The Senate is often called a slow, deliberative body, but it can act quickly when it wants to. Early yesterday it appeared that the Senate Commerce Committee would not act on Michael Griffin’s nomination until a full committee markup session scheduled for today; indeed, at one point during the day Griffin’s name appeared on the [...]

Space science and social conservatism

Or, at least how Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles perceives the intersection of these topics…

Confirmation delay

At yesterday’s confirmation hearing, the leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee appeared willing to agree to a request from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and expedite Michael Griffin’s nomination, planning a vote to recommend his nomination later in the day. However, that vote was delayed, the Hampton Roads (Virginia) Daily Press reports, because Sen. George Allen [...]