A lovefest

That’s perhaps the best description of this morning’s confirmation hearing for Michael Griffin. The hearing lasted over an hour, but Griffin’s hearing was held in parallel with that for Joseph Boardman, the nominee to run the Federal Railway Administration; Griffin probably got a majority of the attention, but not an overwhelming amount. There were plenty […]

Pre-hearing notes

Michael Griffin is expected to lead off a Senate confirmation hearing this morning; he has to share the hearing with several other non-NASA nominees, and according to reports the committee will spend no more than about an hour with Griffin before moving on to the others. As Florida Today reports, the hearing is part formality—there’s […]

Griffin endorsements and rally

While Tom DeLay doesn’t have an official role in the confirmation of Michael Griffin as the next NASA Administrator, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison—chair of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee—certainly does. On Monday her office issued a terse press release endorsing Griffin’s selection. “I have spoken with Dr. Griffin about working together to reauthorize NASA […]

Griffin and DeLay

While House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) won’t have a direct role in the confirmation of NASA administrator nominee Michael Griffin, he has given Griffin his seal of approval. In a meeting late last week on Capitol Hill, DeLay and Griffin discussed NASA legislative strategy as well as “the importance of reaching out to the […]

Calvert talks space

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), chairman of the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee, gave an address at the National Space Symposium this week. This is perhaps his most detailed address on space issues to date; he is also scheduled to give a press conference next week where he will outline his plans for the […]

Griffin hearing scheduled

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has scheduled the confirmation hearing for Michael Griffin, the president’s nominee to be the next NASA administrator. The hearing is scheduled for 10 am on Tuesday, April 12, in the committee’s regular hearing location, Russell 253. The timing of the hearing is interesting, coming on the anniversaries of […]

Better late than never

According to a report in a California newspaper, the California State Assembly has approved a resolution congratulating the SpaceShipOne team for winning the Ansari X Prize and opening the door for space tourism. Of course, this is six months after SpaceShipOne made its X Prize-winning flight; by comparison, the US House of Representatives passed a […]

Civil aviation versus space

On Friday Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) appeared on a talk show on a Cleveland PBS station to discuss a variety of issues, including potential job cuts or even the closure of the NASA Glenn Research Center. (The official site of the show doesn’t have a transcript, but one is available here, oddly enough, at a […]

Shuttle and ISS policy issues

There are a couple of articles in this week’s issue of The Space Review that deal with some of the thorny issues of shuttle and station. Dwayne Day examines the plans for the shuttle in its final years, noting that squeezing 28 flights by the end of 2010 may prove difficult, particularly with only three […]

Rutan on regulatory issues

Reason magazine has published an excellent interview with Burt Rutan that focuses squarely on regulatory issues involved with commercial human spaceflight. Rutan, as many readers know, is not a big fan of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, and has made it clear on a number of occasions that he would prefer to have […]