An insider analysis of Congressional space policy

This week’s issue of the journal Nature has an excellent essay by David Goldston, the former chief of staff of the House Science Committee, about why NASA-related policy often seems so dysfunctional. (Unlike most Nature content, this piece is available for free.) A key passage:

Congress often alters the proposed NASA budget, but it rarely, [...]

Griffin and eloquent arguments

The limited coverage of NASA administrator Mike Griffin’s testimony before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee didn’t reveal any new insights about the agency and its budget. Griffin, in prepared opening remarks, reiterated that the final FY07 budget will force a six-month delay in the development of Orion. He also said that NASA will [...]

House appropriations hearings schedule

House appropriations hearings schedule

The hearings on the FY08 NASA budget by the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will actually be spread over two days, according to the schedule on the subcommittee web site:

03/13/07 Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee National Aeronautics and Space Administration 10:00 AM – General Overview 2362 [...]

Potentially hazardous asteroid conferences

Last week George Washington University hosted the 2007 Planetary Defense Conference, organized by The Aerospace Corporation and co-sponsored by a number of organizations, including NASA. During that meeting NASA released its Congressionally-mandated report on how it would be able to detect 90 percent of all near Earth asteroids 140 meters in diameter and larger by [...]

Hearings, budgets, and priorities

It was easy to miss (I know I did), but the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing Friday morning about the NASA budget. (Unfortunately, appropriators are not as enlightened as their colleagues, and the hearing was not webcast, nor opening statements of the witnesses or committee members posted [...]

A Congressional ASAT discussion

Yesterday’s “Decision 2008″ event at CSIS was billed as a “discussion”, and that was an accurate description: although Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) are from opposite sides of the aisle, there was more agreement than disagreement between the two on the topic of China’s anti-satellite weapon test and its ramifications. Some [...]

Reviewing the Blitz

Last month the NSS conducted its Space Budget Blitz on Capitol Hill, trying to get support for increasing NASA’s budget. Blitz chairman Chris Carberry summarizes the event for Ad Astra, which features meetings with over 60 offices, including face-to-face meetings with Reps. Ralph Hall and Nick Lampson. One item of note from the report is [...]

From the think tanks

A few articles and items of note:

The Marshall Institute has published a transcript of its January forum “Space Issues in 2007″, which took place not long after the Chinese ASAT test became big news. The transcript of the half-day event runs more than 50 pages, including some illustrations. The institute also recently published a [...]

Hearings, scheduled and cancelled

The space subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee has a hearing scheduled for this afternoon on “National Imperatives for Earth Science Research”. This hearing looks to be similar to a House Science and Technology Committee hearing on the topic in February.

One hearing that had been scheduled for today but was cancelled yesterday afternoon was [...]

Florida governor wants to help space industry

In his State of the State address yesterday, new Florida governor Charlie Crist mentioned in passing that he wants the state legislature to pass incentives to support the state’s space industry:

Finally, I ask that you give us the tools to spur economic development for the film and space industries. In my budget I have [...]