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Space Policy Review — 2019

As we launch into the new year, here’s a recap of some of the key space policy activities, legislation, and funding that resulted from government action in 2019. Government Funding/Appropriations On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed the FY2020 Consolidated Appropriations bill (H.R. 1158) into law (Pub. L 116-93), finalizing appropriators’ efforts to combine…

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Year-End Newsletter from Washington D.C.

As the holiday season begins, all eyes in D.C. are focused on the House’s debate on the Articles of Impeachment. Lawmakers nevertheless made substantial efforts in passing the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday (Dec. 11) which authorizes a new Space Force and $738 billion for defense.   Upcoming Events Dec. 17 –…

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Washington, D.C., Weekly Space Activity Report

The Space Foundation’s Washington, D.C., team prepares this weekly report of space activity on the Hill. It is published on Mondays on the Space Foundation homepage. Space Industry Updates Nov. 5-6: At the Air Force Space Pitch Day, the Air Force awarded startup Launcher $1.5 million for E-2 rocket engine development and testing. Over the…

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Washington, D.C., Weekly Space Activity Report

The Space Foundation’s Washington, D.C., team prepares this weekly report of space activity on the Hill. It is published on Mondays on the Space Foundation homepage. Space Industry Updates On Oct. 25, the Air Force posted a request for information and began a study of the launch industry as the next major national security procurement…

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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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Space Foundation Holds Washington, D.C., Briefing on Space Situational Awareness

During October the Space Foundation held a briefing in Washington, D.C., regarding Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and the status of the U.S. Air Force Space Fence Program. Panelists included: Robert Curbeam, Vice President for Mission Assurance, Quality & Raytheon Six Sigma, Integrated Defense Systems, Raytheon Steve Bruce, Vice President for Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors,…

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U.S. Government Reopens and Tries to Find Compromise

On Oct. 17, President Obama signed into law the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, which ended the 16-day government shutdown and funds the government at FY 2013 budget levels through Jan. 15, 2014. There is a section in the law that provides a caveat to fund NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System and the Geostationary Operational Environmental…

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Space Foundation Hearing Report – "Exoplanet Discoveries: Have We Found Other Earths?"

The House Science, Space & Technology Subcommittee on Space and Subcommittee on Research held a joint hearing on May 9, “Exoplanet Discoveries: Have We Found Other Earths?” Members of Congress in Attendance: Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman, full committee  Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS), chair, space subcommittee  Congressman Larry Buschon (R-IN), chair, research subcommittee  Congressman Dana…

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