Nelson: early commercial crew downselect would be “silliness”

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) appears to side with the administration regarding when NASA should select a commercial crew provider. Nelson told Florida Today he opposed language in the report accompanying the CJS appropriations bill that would direct NASA to make an immediate downselection to one or, at most, two companies. “Why should we not have […]

More concerns about commercial crew and Congressional language

Even before the House took up the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill last week, the administration warned that it considered the bill unacceptable, citing in a statement of administration policy concerns about the bill’s provisions, including the reduced funding levels and “restrictive report language” for NASA’s commercial crew program. This was widely communicated as […]

Updated NASA budget summary

Based on a comment yesterday about what the current House budget for NASA was in light of the floor debate this week on the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill, the table below summarizes the numbers from the President’s budget request (PBR); the House bill, HR 5326; and the Senate version, S. 2323, which […]

House passes CJS appropriations bill

As expected, the House passed on Thursday the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill largely along party lines, 247-163. After the series of amendments on Tuesday, including one that was approved that cut $126 million from NASA’s cross-agency support account, the remainder of the debate largely focused on other areas of the bill. Reps. […]

Next steps in export control

Last month the Defense Department released the final version of the so-called “Section 1248″ report describing the national security implications of moving satellites and related components off the US Munitions List (USML) and thus out of the restrictive jurisdiction of ITAR. The report found that most items can, in fact, be moved off the USML […]

Appropriations amendment cuts $126 million from NASA

Members of the House of Representatives narrowly accepted an amendment late Tuesday night cutting NASA’s budget by $126 million. The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), transferred $126 million from NASA’s Cross-Agency Support account to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in the Department of Justice. The amendment passed 206-204, with 61 Republicans […]

White House criticizes commercial crew language and funding in House bill

The House is scheduled to start debate today on HR 5326, the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill. (Depending on the number of amendments proposed, the bill may not be up for a final vote until Wednesday or Thursday.) Late yesterday, the White House issued a statement of administration policy (SAP) on the bill, outlining […]

Proposed imagery cuts may trigger industry consolidation

On Friday commercial remote sensing company GeoEye surprised many in the space field when it announced an unsolicited offer to acquire its chief rival, DigitalGlobe. GeoEye is offering $17 per share in cash and stock, valuing DigitalGlobe at $792 million, a 26% premium compared to DigitalGlobe’s stock price at the close of trade Thursday. (DigitalGlobe […]

Gingrich ends his campaign, but not his interest in space

On Wednesday, a little over three months after he briefly, if somewhat bizarrely, catapulted space policy to the front lines of the Republican presidential campaign, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich formally suspended his campaign for the White House. In a speech lasting over 20 minutes in a Washington, DC-area hotel, Gingrich suggested […]