Gordon predicts tough fight for VSE

SPACE.com has a summary of the comments made by Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN), ranking Democrat on the House Science Committee, at a breakfast event Friday previously noted here. Gordon believes that supporters of the Vision for Space Exploration will have to fight a two-front battle for it on Congress: against Democrats who would rather see […]

CAGW takes on the Air Force

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), whom you might remember took on the Vision for Space Exploration this past summer, now has a new target: Air Force space policy. In a press release today, CAGW takes issue with plans for the formation of the United Launch Alliance (ULA), the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture to manufacture EELVs […]

Have breakfast with Bart Gordon

The Space Transportation Association is holding a breakfast Friday morning with Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), the ranking Democrat on the House Science Committee, as the featured speaker. Congressman Gordon will be speaking on “Congressional Perspectives on NASA and the Space Exploration Vision”. The breakfast starts at 8 am (networking at 7:30 am) in Rayburn House […]

Some comments on comments

On a couple of occasions in recent weeks people have come up to me and asked how I keep the comments section of this blog so lively—only sometimes they replace “lively” with “nasty”. While it’s great that this blog has attracted this much interest, I have become increasingly concerned about the level of discourse in […]

The all-in strategy

Many of the newspaper editorials about NASA’s exploration strategy, unveiled a month ago, have been critical of it, particularly in light of questions about the cost and utility of the program. The Atlanta Journal Constitution published an editorial today taking a very different approach: it spoke favorably of the exploration plan, and in fact argued […]

Even space politics can be local

Who knew naming a street after an astronaut would be so difficult? That’s the gist of a Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye article about a city council meeting in that small Mississippi River city that took up the issue of renaming a street after STS-114 pilot, and Burlington native, Jim Kelly. The council seemed all set […]

Space law makes the front page

A front-page article in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle provides a detailed overview of some of the issues associated with the field of space law. Keay Davidson talks with many of the major players involved in the field, from Greg Nemitz (who tried and failed to get NASA to pay a “landing fee” for its NEAR […]

A murky transparency

The Russian news agencies Interfax and RIA Novosti both report that the Russian Foreign Ministry has submitted a draft resolution to the UN regarding “transparency and confidence-building measures in space exploration”. Interfax quotes a ministry statement as follows:

[T]he development of a set of transparency and confidence-building measures regarding space exploration by the international community […]

A bit of a SEA change

One of the unique characteristics of the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA), the loose coalition of space organizations formed in the spring of 2004 to support the Vision for Space Exploration, has been its diversity. Its members have included industry organizations (AIAA, AIA), supporters of lunar exploration (Moon Society), supporters of Mars exploration (Mars Society), supporters […]

China: love it or fear it

Tuesday night’s launch of Shenzhou 6 hasn’t had anywhere near the effect of Shenzhou 5, China’s first manned spaceflight, two years ago, but there is still some debate about the overall nature of China’s space efforts and how the US should react. On one side are those who see China’s manned space activities as cover […]