Canada releases space policy framework, but some want more details (and money)

On Friday, Canadian Industry Minister James Moore released a new space policy document, “Canada’s Space Policy Framework,” at an event in Ottawa. The document outlined, in broad terms, Canadian space policy in the form of a set of five core principles:

Canadian Interests First Positioning the Private Sector at the Forefront of Space Activities Progress […]

SLS engineer seeks to run against Mo Brooks as an independent

Rep. Mo Brooks, the Alabama Republican whose district includes NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and who sits on the House Science Committee, may be facing a different kind of competition in November. Mark Bray, an engineer for Jacobs Engineering in Huntsville currently working on the Space Launch System (SLS), announced Friday that he plans to […]

Déjà vu: Congress wants to do NASA reauthorization, commercial launch update this year

One year ago, members of Congress involved in space issues had some high hopes for 2013, including a new NASA authorization bill and an update of the Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA). By the end of the year, though, House and Senate committees had approved sharply different NASA authorization bills—neither of which had been taken […]

Industry, FAA at odds over extension of “learning period” for commercial spaceflight safety regulations

When Congress passed the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act (CSLAA) of 2004, one section of the bill restricted the FAA’s ability to promulgate regulations regarding the health and safety of spaceflight participants and crews of commercial spacecraft. While sometimes called a “moratorium” on regulations, it is more accurately a partial restriction: the law (51 USC […]

Satellite export control final rule due out by early summer

Speakers at a panel on export control reform at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on Tuesday said that the part of the US Munitions List (USML) that deals with satellites and related items, Category XV, is the next one to be finalized. Kevin Wolf, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export […]

In astrophysics, uncertainty lingers after FY14 budget passed

At first glance, NASA’s astrophysics division got a pleasant surprise in the final fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill signed into law last month. The bill gives astrophysics $668 million, $26 million more than the $642 million originally requested by the administration. (The James Webb Space Telescope, funded as a separate line item in the budget, […]

Upcoming: Canadian space policy rollout, House hearing on NASA property

Canada is expected to roll out a new national space policy later this week. The Canadian Press reports that Industry Minister James Moore, whose portfolio includes the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will unveil the new policy on February 7 at 10 am in Ottawa. Neither Industry Canada nor CSA have formally announced plans to release […]