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Chiao: Has NASA Become Byzantine?

Inspired by the Space Foundation’s PIONEERING: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space report, Space Foundation Special Advisor – Human Spaceflight (and former NASA astronaut) Dr. Leroy Chiao penned an editorial that appeared on Discovery.com Jan. 24. Talking about the current state of manned space travel, Chiao says “What happened? Did America somehow lose, or see a diminished pioneering…

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Brookings Institution Colorado Space Report Event to Feature Hickenlooper

The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, in partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and the Colorado Space Coalition – will hold a half-day event from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, focused on the best ways to advance…

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MIT Interns Assist with The Space Report 2013

Two students from the MIT Externship Program spent their winter Independent Activity Period between fall and spring semesters as interns at the Space Foundation’s Washington, D.C., office. In addition to exposure to government affairs and space policy activities, they assisted with production of the soon-to-be published The Space Report 2013. The two interns are: Claire…

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Baker Panel Discusses Space Policy

When the Space Shuttle program ended in July 2011, the United States lost its capacity to launch humans into space. U.S. astronauts are now flying to space in Russian spacecraft, and if the nation does regain such a capability, it may be provided by commercial companies. In the interim, NASA has initiated the development of…

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Pulham to Discuss PIONEERING Report on The Space Show

Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham will be featured on the radio program The Space Show®, hosted by Dr. David Livingston, where he will discuss the Space Foundation’s recently released report, PIONEERING: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space. The broadcast can be heard live Friday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon MST, at www.thespaceshow.com/live.htm. To ask…

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Late Session Congressional Activity Has Space Impact

The final days of the 112th Congress saw a number of activities related to space. Intelligence Authorization Act Does Not Appear to Affect Satellite Programs The FY 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress on New Year’s Eve and now awaits the signature of the President, has no provisions in the publically available…

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Read/See Media Coverage of Space Foundation PIONEERING Report

The Space Foundation’s release of PIONEERING: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space last month was covered by a broad range of media. The see a sampling of articles and news clips, click here. Held at the Senate Russell Building, the briefing was attended by 60 industry and government representative and reporters, including representative of multiple nations. The event featured…

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NDAA Paves Way for U.S. Space Competitiveness

The FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language that significantly modernizes space-related provisions within the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) law, was signed into law on Jan. 3, paving the way for the United States to become more competitive in the global space arena. The Space Foundation has advocated for such…

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Space Foundation, Secure World Foundation Host Security and Sustainability Briefing

The Space Foundation partnered with the Secure World Foundation on Aug. 21 to host a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss international initiatives aimed at outer space security and sustainability. The briefing was conducted by a panel featuring: Sam Black, director of policy, Satellite Industry Association (SIA) Peter Marquez, vice president of strategy and planning, Orbital,…

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Report from Washington

On July 31, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed to pass a six month Continuing Resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown before the November elections. The CR will extend government funding after it runs out on Oct. 1. The Congress is expected to vote on the CR…

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