Policy & Politics
The man who will soon become the acting administrator of NASA said he expects some members of the incoming Trump administration’s landing team to stay on at the agency after the inauguration.
The company that operates an Alaska launch site is critical of the spaceport’s inclusion in a list of pork-barrel spending released last week by a senator.
Hungary, the most recent addition to the 22-nation European Space Agency, has joined the agency’s technology transfer program in a move aimed at increasing the country’s involvement with ESA and stemming brain drain to other parts of the world.
Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot will serve as acting administrator starting Jan. 20.
The federal government is taking more space-related items off of the most restrictive export control list, although some in industry believe the changes don’t go far enough.
The head of NASA’s Earth science division says he does not expect major changes in his programs for the remainder of the fiscal year despite a change in administrations.
The French space agency, CNES, will supply two spacecraft cameras to a team from India competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, and has tightened its partnership with India to study reusable launch technology.
The head of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, seeking to assure astronomers concerned about the next administration, said that the transition process has gone as he expected.
The position of the Defense Department’s principle adviser on space could be eliminated in a reworking of personnel, the current holder of the office said Friday.
The Defense Department has officially begun a study on what to do after the WGS satellite program wraps up.
The memos covered the ISS, Mars exploration plans, and development of commercial space capabilities.
The space policy issued by the Trump campaign prior to the election called for recreating the council, last in place in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.
At a time when NASA earth scientists are concerned their research may be scuttled by the incoming Trump administration, the space agency’s top science official is preaching pragmatism and unity.
A report prepared for Congress recommends giving a civil agency responsibility for space traffic management work, but stops short of recommending which agency should take on the job.
The transition office for President-elect Donald Trump is adding one, and perhaps up to three, people to the landing team assigned to NASA to provide more insight into commercial space activities.