…and speaking of hearings

An intriguing hearing has popped up on the schedule of the aviation subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: “Commercial Space Transportation”. No other details about the hearing are listed, other than the date (December 2, 10 am).

The overall T&I committee is chaired by James Oberstar (D-MN), best known in space circles for […]

Global space capabilities and other hearings

The House Science and Technology Committee has released the list of witnesses for Thursday’s hearing on “The Growth of Global Space Capabilities”:

Marty Hauser, Vice President, Washington Operations & Research and Analysis, The Space Foundation J.P. Stevens, Vice President, Space Systems, Aerospace Industries Association Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University Kai-Uwe Schrogl, […]

Sharpening the budget cleaver

Space advocates have talked for a long time about winning a substantial budget increase for NASA. That talk has been emboldened in the last few months by the Augustine committee, whose report found that an increase of up to $3 billion a year was “more appropriate” to support human space exploration beyond LEO. Even people […]

Praise and ridicule for Ares award

On Thursday Time magazine released its annual “best inventions” list. Topping the list as the best invention of the year, in the minds of the magazine’s staff, were NASA’s Ares rocket, dubbing the Ares 1 “a machine that can launch human beings to cosmic destinations we’d never considered before”. Nitpickers would note that the Ares […]

Hutchison to remain in the Senate

One of the more prominent space supporters in the Senate won’t be leaving as soon as previously planned. As both the Washington Post and The Hill report, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) plans to remain in the Senate at least through the Texas gubernatorial primary next March. Hutchison, who is running for governor against incumbent […]

ProSpace responds regarding March Storm

After the Space Frontier Foundation announced yesterday that it planned to revive the citizen space lobbying effort March Storm in 2010, I was curious what the response of ProSpace, who had run the event for most of its history, might be. I got the following press release earlier today from ProSpace executive director Winn Phillips […]

March Storm to return in 2010

From 1995 through 2008 a group of space advocates (organized in most years by the grassroots lobbying group ProSpace) held an annual lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill called March Storm (so named for the month the event took place). ProSpace did not perform a March Storm in 2009, though, citing “resource and time limitations”. However, […]

House hearing on global space capabilities

The space subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee has announced a hearing next week titled “The Growth of Global Space Capabilities: What’s Happening and Why It Matters”. The hearing will be Thursday the 19th at 10 am; no list of witnesses or hearing charter is available yet.

Letter writing update

If you recall last week’s post about a bipartisan “Dear Colleagues” letter to drum up support for increasing NASA’s budget, there’s a minor update. According to an updated blog post on NSS.org, the deadline for obtaining additional signatures, which had been November 5th, has been pushed back to November 17th. There’s no reason for the […]

Nelson backtracks?

Last Monday Sen. Bill Nelson claimed that the White House would make a decision about NASA’s future by around Thanksgiving, based on a recent visit he had with the president on the subject. However, in an interview with Florida Today, Nelson appears to be telling a different story. Asked about the timeline for a decision, […]