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11/30/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 1, 2010) -- On Wednesday the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee held its first NASA oversight hearing since President Barack Obama signed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 into law. Senators told NASA and the Obama Administration they would take the necessary steps to ensure the agency follows through with implementing the law into policy...
10/15/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 15, 2010) -- Tracking how the upcoming elections could affect space policy is a daunting task. To help companies and individuals keep track of potential impact on committees and positions in Congress that oversee space policy, the Space Foundation has prepared a document that lists all the U.S. House and Senate members running for reelection who sit on committees...
08/30/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 31, 2010) -- The Obama administration has announced changes to rules governing the export of sensitive military and other technologies, which will streamline export processes and free up U.S. space companies to compete more effectively in the global marketplace.The changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) come after a year-long review by...
08/23/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 23, 2010) -- The new U.S. national space policy, released in June 2010, contains significant changes from the previous policy, released in 2006. One example is an expanded list of the ways in which the United States intends to engage in international cooperation on space-related projects, reflecting the increase in the number of countries that are developing or...
07/25/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 26, 2010) -- On July 22, the Space Foundation and the Global Technology Institute held a discussion on the recently released U.S. Space Policy featuring keynote speaker Peter Marquez, director of space policy for the National Security Council. Marquez, who is responsible for development and oversight of the President's space policies, said the administration is...
07/16/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 16, 2010) -- "Wow..."There really is a larger universe out there and bigger things than just what we focus on day-to-day. You really sparked my interest and imagination. Thanks for doing this."That's a comment from one of the attendees of a Space Foundation breakfast held yesterday in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Ronald Greeley and Dr. Robert Pappalardo, who are both...
07/14/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 14, 2010) -- The United States' ever-increasing dependence on space and cyber capabilities in a highly "contested environment" was the main topic of discussion when Dr. James Miller, principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy, spoke to industry and government space leaders at a Space Power Lecture Breakfast this morning on Capitol Hill. The event was...
06/28/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jun. 29, 2010) -- The Space Foundation has released a report comparing the newly announced 2010 U.S. National Space Policy with the previous 2006 National Space Policy. Prepared by Space Foundation research analyst Mariel John, the report details what is different about the new policy and what areas are similar. Read the report here.The Space Foundation Research and...
03/09/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 9, 2010) -- On March 4, Dr. Ed Weiler, NASA associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), spoke with reporters at a Space Foundation Correspondents Group breakfast in Washington, D.C.Weiler began by saying that for the SMD, the president's budget proposal provides both "good news and great news." He said the "good news" is for heliophysics,...
02/05/2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 5, 2010) -- Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs, Gary Payton, spoke Feb. 4 at a Space Foundation Correspondents Group gathering in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, he spoke to reporters about the new Air Force budget, including plans for space protection, operationally responsive space (ORS), and satellite programs. He noted that there are...

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