A little bit of China-US space cooperation

During a briefing after President Bush’s meeting with Chinese President Hu, Dennis Wilder, Acting Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, threw in a few words at the end of his opening statement about US-China space cooperation:

The President, in the area of trying to deepen the relationship between our two societies […]

A China roundup

Yes, China continues to be a hot space policy topic. A few items of note:

Bloomberg News has an article summarizing the perceived threat China’s space program poses to the US. The usual suspects on both sides of the issue are quoted. There are no real new insights here, but it does offer a review […]

Florida Today keeps pressing the state legislature

The editors of Florida Today have made it clear on a number of occasions that they believe the state government should do more to support the state’s space industry. They are at it again in Thursday’s edition with an editorial once again calling on the legislature to approve a $500-million investment fund for the space […]

More on Mojave and other California legislation

The web site California Chronicle reports that not one but two space-related pieces of legislation made it out of committee in the California State Senate this week. (The article looks suspiciously like a press release from the office of Sen. Roy Ashburn, the sponsor of the bills, although it does not (yet) appear on his […]

The President mentions NASA (sorta)

Yesterday President Bush paid a visit to the Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology in Rockville, Maryland (just a few miles from where I live, as it turns out). While at the school, he gave a speech on the American Competitiveness Initiative. He even mentioned to drop NASA’s name twice, although not in any […]

(No) setback for Mojave spaceport

In Monday’s issue of The Space Review, Taylor Dinerman contrasted the commercial spaceport situations in New Mexico and California: while New Mexico was investing over $100 million into a new spaceport, attracting Virgin Galactic and the X Prize Cup, California has done little to promote Mojave Airport, an FAA-licensed spaceport that was the site of […]

The long arm of the FAA

An article in this week’s issue of Flight International magazine has a provocative headline: “US claims right to set new space tourism regulations globally after treaty examination”. As the opening paragraph summarizes:

US persons or organisations operating suborbital test flights outside the USA will still have to obtain a Federal Aviation Administration permit, according to […]

More on China cooperation vs. competition

Today’s Orlando Sentinel features an op-ed on China’s space program by Vincent Sabathier and G. Ryan Faith of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In the essay, they argue that the US would be better served by cooperating with China’s space program, rather than competing with it. The ISS, they believe, could provide an […]

Burning a hole in the Moon, and other space policy complaints

There are a few, well, cranky people out there who don’t seem to care much for spending money on NASA. From today’s Durant (Okla.) Daily Democrat (“Gateway to Lake Texoma”), comes an essay by Harold Harmon, who seems to be having a bad day. Or week. Or longer:

We’ve also decided that 2003 UB313 is […]

Is Glenn fighting for its survival?

An editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer is concerned about the future of NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Interestingly, the focus of its ire is less on NASA headquarters or Congress than on Glenn’s leadership itself, which the paper’s editors believe are not doing enough to promote the center:

It’s hard to escape the feeling that […]