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Partying Vs Policy Making

Tue, 2018-02-20 21:18
FYI the National Space Council party (reception) tonight is 30 minutes longer than the actual National Space Council meeting tomorrow. Where is the space policy?— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) February 21, 2018... Keith Cowing

National Space Council Users Advisory Group Members Announced

Tue, 2018-02-20 19:59
Vice President Pence Announces National Space Council Users Advisory Group "Vice President Mike Pence, Chairman of the National Space Council, today announced the candidates selected to serve on the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. Pending official appointment by the... Keith Cowing

Bigelow and CASIS Are Working Together on ISS. NASA Really Doesn't Care.

Tue, 2018-02-20 17:30
Bigelow Space Operations Announces Partnership with CASIS to Fly Payloads to the International Space Station Bigelow Aerospace Announces the Creation of Bigelow Space Operations Keith's note: I submitted a series of questions to NASA PAO and NASA HEOMD this morning... Keith Cowing

Michael O'Brien

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:10
Keith's note: Michael O'Brien, who ran international and interagency affairs for NASA for decades has died. Details to follow. Ad Astra Obie. Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations Michael F. O'Brien... Keith Cowing

Its Moon, Mars, and Beyond Time Again!

Mon, 2018-02-19 14:56
President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond (11 February 2004) "The President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy is charged with making recommendations to the President on implementation of his vision outlined in the policy statement "A... Keith Cowing

Names Of National Space Council's User's Advisory Group Members Start To Appear

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:00
Keith's note: Sources report that the membership of the National Space Council's User's Advisory Group (UAG) may be announced on Tuesday - or possibly Wednesday at the NSPC meeting. The UAG is larger than a lot of people wanted... Keith Cowing

Guess What: There is a National Space Council Thing This Week.

Mon, 2018-02-19 11:40
Vice President Pence to Lead National Space Council Meeting at Kennedy Space Center, White House "Vice President Pence will lead the second meeting of the National Space Council at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. "Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning the... Keith Cowing

Stealthy National Space Council Meeting WiIl Have a Flashy Reception

Sun, 2018-02-18 16:19
Keith's note: NASA and other agencies have issued zero media advisories. Multiple people have been confirmed as being members of the NSpC's Users' Advisory Group - yet none have been named publicly. A large reception sponsored and paid for... Keith Cowing

Yet Another Smallsat Launch Company Appears

Sun, 2018-02-18 15:49
SKY7 spots stealthy space startup testing its rocket in Alameda (with video), Sky7 "A lease application filed with the City of Alameda gives some clues about what's in the works: a rocket called Astra that the company claims is the... Keith Cowing

After 5,000 Days On Mars Opportunity Still Does Science

Fri, 2018-02-16 22:24
New Day for Longest-Working Mars Rover "NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded the dawn of the rover's 4,999th Martian day, or sol, with its Panoramic Camera (Pancam) on Feb. 15, 2018, yielding this processed, approximately true-color scene." 5,000 Days on... Keith Cowing

CASIS President/Executive Director Quits

Fri, 2018-02-16 18:27
CASIS Announces Change of Leadership "The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced that President and Executive Director Gregory H. Johnson plans to leave the nonprofit organization effective March 10, 2018, after serving in that position... Keith Cowing

National Space Council Is Operating in Stealth Mode

Fri, 2018-02-16 00:22
Keith's note: The National Space Council (NSpC) is having a big, potentially lavish, meeting at NASA KSC on 21 February in 5 days. This is a FACA (Federal Advisory Committee Act) committee - yet no public announcement has been... Keith Cowing

NASA Budget Document Overlooks Multiple Advisory Group Findings and Recommendations on the ISS

Wed, 2018-02-14 19:15
Keith's note: In the NASA FY 2019 Budget Estimates document released by NASA today, there is a claim that both the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) or Aerospace Advisory Panel (ASAP) have "No new formal recommendations or findings for the... Keith Cowing

NASA Releases Detailed FY 2019 Budget Information Minus Some Details

Wed, 2018-02-14 17:24
Keith's note: Note that the all of the entries for this Solar Electric Propulsion project are blank (as is the case for RESTORE-L listed just before it in the document) and that there is a place holder image of... Keith Cowing

ISS After 2025: Is CASIS The Solution Or The Problem?

Tue, 2018-02-13 17:27
Keith's note: Yesterday NASA held a briefing with Acting CFO Andrew Hunter. When asked about how NASA plans to operate the ISS after 2025 when funding by NASA will cease, Hunter had no answer. The only clue he offered... Keith Cowing

Summary Of Today's NASA CFO Budget Briefing

Mon, 2018-02-12 17:55
I asked #NASA CFO what happens after 2025 if commercial users do not show up to pay ISS operating expenses. Does @NASA Abandon ISS? If so who owns U.S. assets on ISS if NASA not longer uses them? Answer: "I... Keith Cowing

The Real Reason Why NASA Got A Big Budget Plus Up

Mon, 2018-02-12 16:26
Letter From OMB Director Mulvaney to Houe Speaker Ryan, OMB "This addendum includes additional funding for a limited set of Administration priorities, but notably, it also proposes to use higher spending caps as an opportunity to fix some long-time budget... Keith Cowing

NASA FY 2019 Budget Proposal Released

Mon, 2018-02-12 12:07
Feb. 12 'State of NASA' Events Highlight Agency Goals for Space Exploration "Lightfoot will provide a "State of NASA" address to the agency's workforce at 1 p.m. EST from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. His remarks will air... Keith Cowing

White House Plan To Defund ISS By 2025 Moves Ahead

Sun, 2018-02-11 12:23
The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows., Washington Post "The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not... Keith Cowing

Watch Astronaut David Bowman Land A Corvette On Earth

Fri, 2018-02-09 20:11
Heavy Metal Landing from shrox on Vimeo. Keith's note: This video is a re-imagining of the classic scene from the 1981 feature "Heavy Metal". This time the Corvette is piloted by astronaut David Bowman from "2001: A Space Odyssey".... Keith Cowing