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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending September 18, 2020

It was a busy week in Washington, D.C., as the House was in session and took up various bills including the “Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow” (PROSWIFT) Act. The space community also had a big week, as it was announced that phosphine gas had been detected in…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending September 4, 2020

This week Space Foundation announced the launch of “Space Symposium 365,” providing a digital platform that builds upon the spirit of the traditional annual gathering. Programming will debut in October, offering exclusive digital content to the global space community leading up to the next in-person Symposium, set for August 2021. Introducing Space Symposium 365 “Space…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 21, 2020

Announcing New 36th Space Symposium Dates and Introducing Space Symposium 365 The 36th Space Symposium to Be Held on August 22–26, 2021 Space Foundation will reconvene the world’s space community next year at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 22–26, 2021. Although there will not be an in-person gathering this year, Space Foundation’s mission, dedication, and stewardship…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 7, 2020

Earlier this week, the space community tuned in to see the Crew Dragon splashdown in Pensacola, Fla., and welcomed astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley home from their two-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Their safe return officially categorized the joint NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 mission as a success and heralded the return of regular…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 24, 2020

For the international space community, this summer, and especially this week have been heavily focused on Mars. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched their historic Hope mission earlier this week from Japan, followed by China’s Tianwen-1 launch. Next week will be NASA’s highly anticipated launch of the Perseverance rover with the mission having cleared its…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 10, 2020

It was another busy markup week for House appropriators following last week’s House Armed Services Committee’s full markup of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act. For the space industry, the focus was on the FY2021 Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee appropriations bill for NASA and other agencies. For many appropriators, such as Reps. Jose Serrano (D-NY),…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 26, 2020

This week, both the House and Senate were in session for committee markups and hearings. A text of the Senate’s $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill (S. 4049) was released, and the Senate is expected to take procedural votes on the bill with debates to continue through next week, with the goal of…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 12, 2020

In recent weeks, Washington, D.C., has been the setting of numerous protests against racial discrimination and police brutality. In Congress, House Democrats are working to secure supporters for a new police reform bill. Much of the bill was drafted by the Congressional Black Caucus, with Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) as the lead whip, and the…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 29, 2020

Washington, D.C., along with the rest of the world, tuned in Wednesday to watch the SpaceX Demo-2 launch return astronauts to space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. Due to uncooperative weather that day, the world now eagerly awaits the rescheduled launch on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 EDT. Today, the District…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 15, 2020

This week, House Democrats unveiled a $3 trillion stimulus package, the HEROES Act, while the Senate remained in session to vote on markups and participate in hearings throughout the week. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the stay-at-home order through June 8. Space Foundation Event Highlights: “America’s Space Force: Building the Future Today”…

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