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Washington, D.C. Space Activity Updates

The Space Foundation’s Washington, D.C., team prepares this weekly report of space activity on the Hill. It is published each Monday on the Space Foundation homepage. Space Industry Updates Friday, Oct. 4, marked the beginning of World Space Week, a global celebration of space activity. Twenty years ago, the United Nations declared that World Space…

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September Washington, D.C., Space Activity Wrap-up

Space Industry Updates The week of Sept. 19, the Artemis program was criticized in several House oversight hearings. On Sept. 23, NASA signed a contract with Lockheed Martin for six to 12 Orion spacecraft to be built at Johnson Space Center in Texas. Previously, NASA’s decision to award Alabama’s Marshall Spaceflight Center the leading role…

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September Space Activity on the Hill

Congress returned on Sept. 9 after a month-long August recess. Last week, the Senate focused on appropriations markups and a nomination hearing for Secretary of Air Force and Army. There is increasing pressure as Congress attempts to pass the bill and prevent a government shutdown by Sept. 30. Although another lengthy government shutdown is unlikely, there…

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Update on Space-related Activities

Throughout October, most of the activity on Capitol Hill was largely focused on tax reform, but there was some space-related activity.

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Space Community Activity Resumes on the Hill

by Charles A. Harris, Space Foundation Manager – Washington Operations Capitol Hill Congressional activity has resumed in September with the return of the House and Senate from August Recess. While budget processes and healthcare legislation have dominated the landscape, there have been several developments in the space community. On Sept. 7, the House Space Subcommittee…

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Space Foundation COO Attends National Space Council Signing

On June 30, President Trump signed an executive order re-establishing the National Space Council for the first time since 1993, and appointed Vice President Pence chairman. Space Foundation Chief Operating Officer Shelli Brunswick (pictured far right below) attended the signing, which was also attended by former NASA astronauts Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Col. Alvin Drew, Dr.…

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Updates on U.S. Space Policy

by Charles A. Harris, Space Foundation Manager – Washington Operations AdministrationThere have been several important developments in the space policy community during the past month. On the last day of June, President Trump officially signed the National Space Council back into existence for the first time since 1993. Space Foundation Chief Operating Officer Shelli Brunswick…

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Reception Honors Air Force Space Command

by Charles A. Harris, Space Foundation Manager – Washington Operations On the evening of July 26, the Space Foundation hosted a reception on Capitol Hill, along with the U.S. Air Force Legislative Liaison Office, to highlight the work of Air Force Space Command. U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and Commander of…

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June Space-related Activities in Washington, D.C.

by Charles A. Harris, Space Foundation Manager – Washington Operations The focus on Capitol Hill during June was largely on the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2018, which was released at the end of May. On June 7, the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a hearing on the FY18 budget request for missile…

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Update from Washington

by Charles A. Harris, Space Foundation Manager – Washington Operations May was a busy month in Washington, D.C., and Capitol Hill has been buzzing with activity, including several space and cyber-related hearings.On May 17, the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on military space organization, policy and programs. The…

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