Congressmen for full NASA funding

The California Space Authority has posted a letter signed by 67 members of Congress who support “full funding” of NASA. (Warning: the file is over 8 MB in size.) The letter is addressed to Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Alan Mollohan (D-WV), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee with […]

Insert Star Wars joke here

Wouldn’t you know that, just as the final Star Wars movie is set to premiere, the New York Times would report on a new push within the Air Force and the Bush Administration for space-based weapons. According to the report, the Air Force is asking the administration to approve a national security directive “that could […]

Griffin: change is good

NASA administrator Michael Griffin continued his tour of NASA’s field centers on Monday, visiting Glenn Research Center. Griffin sought to ease fears there that the center might be closed, but made it clear the future will be a little difficult, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer article:

“Research centers are not going out of business… […]

To Infinity and Beyond

That’s the title of a detailed article about the Vision for Space Exploration by Joel Achenbach in Sunday’s Washington Post magazine. The article doesn’t go into the nuts-and-bolts of space policy per se, but offers a broad look at space exploration for a non-professional audience. (I will note that a couple of months back Achenbach […]

Space Blitz 2005

The National Space Society will be holding its annual legislative conference/grassroots lobbying effort, Space Blitz 2005, this Tuesday and Wednesday, immediately before the International Space Development Conference, which starts Thursday in Arlington, VA. I have not heard details of the lobbying agenda yet, although supporting NASA funding for the Vision for Space Exploration will almost […]

Senate hearing on human spaceflight

As noted here last week, the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for this Wednesday on Human Spaceflight: The Space Shuttle and Beyond. This is the counterpart to the subcommittee’s hearing last month on ISS. NASA administrator Michael Griffin will testify on the first panel, while a second panel will feature speakers […]

Entrepreneurial space policy and ITAR

In an article in this week’s issue of The Space Review, I outline some of the regulatory and legislative issues the entrepreneurial space community is focusing on now. With the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act now law, attention has shifted towards developing specific regulations required by the law. In addition, advocates are studying issues like […]

So much for that recommendation

One of the recommendations of the Aldridge Commission last year was that NASA convert some of its field centers into federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), operated by universities or non-profits, in much the same way JPL is run by Caltech. The commission proposed that because it seemed a more politically-expedient solution than suggesting that […]

FY05 budget, plan B

While much of the media coverage surrounding NASA administrator Mike Griffin’s appearance before a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee Thursday focused on Griffin’s stated desire to reduce or eliminate the “gap” between the shuttle’s retirement and the CEV’s introduction—something Griffin has stated publicly in the recent past, including his confirmation hearing a month ago—another important aspect […]

McKinney and Prometheus, in its Astronotes section (scroll down to the May 11 entry), reports that Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is expressing “grave concerns” about Project Prometheus, the agency’s nuclear power and propulsion program. In a “Dear Colleague” letter, she apparently is concerned about the potential environmental damage in the event of a “catastrophic nuclear accident” as […]