Herman Cain wants to “relaunch our space program”

In recent weeks Herman Cain has shot upwards from relative obscurity to the top tier of Republican presidential candidates, earning him increased attention in the media. Last Thursday he sat down for an interview with Erin Burnett of CNN, which touched upon a number of issues. Asked about what he thought the biggest foreign threat [...]

Small signs of progress for export control reform

By the end of this year Congress may have the key documents it needs to press ahead with legislation to enable space-related export control reform, even if the odds of success are still long. At a meeting Thursday morning of the Export Control Working Group of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), Brian [...]

Planning for another INKSNA waiver

Readers may remember that, three years ago, there was considerable pressure on Congress to approve a waiver for NASA to the Iran, North Korea, Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA), actions that eventually included a letter from the NASA administrator at the time to a certain Illinois senator thanking him for his work supporting the waiver extension, [...]

Today: hearings on LightSquared and ISS

Two House committees will be holding separate hearings on space-related issues this afternoon. At 1 pm, the House Small Business Committee will be holding a hearing on “LightSquared: The Impact to Small Business GPS Users”. LightSquared is a company planning a hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications network that, recent studies have found, could create significant interference with [...]

White House, Congress to participate in export control discussion this week

The next round in the ongoing, long-running discussion about export control reform for the US space industry will come Thursday with a meeting of the Export Control Working Group of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). That working group meeting will include a panel discussion featuring Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who has advocated [...]

Is space settlement a long-term goal of NASA? Should it be?

Some people in the space advocacy community have a long term goal that goes beyond going back to the Moon or sending human expeditions to Mars: they want to see people working and living—permanently—in space. From the early visions of space colonies by the L-5 Society to the modern-day desire of Mars Society members to [...]

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Rep. Lamar Smith calls for investigation of “politicization” of NASA

Late Thursday the office of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued a press release announcing that the congressman was calling for an investigation by NASA’s inspector general (IG) into the “politicization” of NASA. Smith cites an internal NASA report claiming to find evidence that “Obama Administration political appointees ‘focus on Democratic political goals, not national goals,’ [...]

Former astronaut plans run for Congress

For months, people have speculated that Mark Kelly, the retiring NASA astronaut who is the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is planning a political career, despite repeated statements by him that’s he not interested in running for office. That speculation will likely continue this week as he participates in a formal retirement ceremony from [...]

Briefly: ISS hearing, a Nobel justification for JWST

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee announced this week that its space subcommittee will hold a hearing next Wednesday, October 12, on “The International Space Station: Lessons from the Soyuz Rocket Failure and Return to Flight”. Scheduled to testify so far are William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA’s new Human Exploration and Operations Mission [...]