Forum on commercial ISS resupply

Since commercial ISS resupply has become a relatively hot topic in space circles recently thanks to comments and actions by one member of Congress, plans by the AIAA for an event on the topic are partocularly timely. “Innovations in Orbit: An Exploration of Commercial Crew and Cargo Transportation” is scheduled for the afternoon of June […]

Bolden makes the rounds

NASA administrator nominee Charles Bolden is taking the next step towards confirmation by starting to meet with senators. Bolden met Wednesday with at least two members of the Senate: Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Jim DeMint (R-SC), both members of the Senate Commerce Committee. In a press release after the meeting, DeMint praised Bolden, a […]

A “capable” choice and a “winning combination”

Lost in the discussion of budgets and blocked stimulus funds is the status of the NASA administrator and deputy administrator nominations, announced on May 23. There were a couple of minor notes on those topics today, though. In the Huntsville Times Sen. Richard Shelby calls administrator nominee Charles Bolden “a capable man” but unlike some […]

House appropriators make no changes to NASA budget

The full House Appropriations Committee carried out their markup of the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations for FY10 and made no significant changes, if any at all, to what the subcommittee approved, keeping the agency at $18.2 billion overall. The cut in exploration remained intact “pending the recommendations of the Augustine panel”. Few other details […]

Virginia’s governor candidates are spaceport lovers

In this off year in the Congressional election cycle, one of the few elections of interest is the Virginia gubernatorial race. The primaries are today, although only the Democratic nomination is contested, with three major candidates: Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, and Brian Moran. The good news for space advocates in the state is that all […]

Shelby holding up NASA stimulus funding

Space News reports in its print edition this week that Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) is holding up the release of “most if not all” of the $1 billion allocated to NASA in the stimulus bill approved earlier this year. The problem is that NASA is planning to spend $150 million of the $400 million appropriated […]

Will Obey obey this request?

On Tuesday the full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the markup of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations that the subcommittee handled last week, slashing several hundred million from the administration’s proposal and calling a “time-out” on exploration. In a bid to try and reverse that cut, two members have put […]

Augustine Commission web site up

In you missed it at the end of last week, the web site of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee (better known as the Augustine Committee after its chairman, Norm Augustine) now has a web site. There’s a strong focus on interactivity here: there’s a list of questions submitted by the public, […]

House appropriators call a “time-out” on exploration spending

The Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a markup of their fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill on Thursday morning. (Because of a typo it originally appeared on their web site that they would be meeting at 9 pm, rather than 9 am; in any case the markup session wasn’t webcast.) […]

Griffin’s “exit interview”

While working on a recent article about Charles Bolden’s nomination to be NASA administrator, I checked out the latest report by the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), the independent review panel that Bolden has been a member of the last few years. There wasn’t much in the panel’s findings that could be directly tied to […]