Simon "Pete" Worden, the retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general who transformed NASA Ames Research Center into an incubator for innovative public and private space projects, is stepping down as the director of the Silicon Valley facility "to pursue some long-held dreams in the private sector," he told employees Feb. 25 via email.
Chris Quilty, who tracks satellite companies for investment banker Raymond James, speaks with SpaceNews Editor Warren Ferster about the recent flood of Silicon Valley investment in audacious commercial space projects.
On the heels of a closed-door meeting that concluded space development and settlement should be long-term goals of the United States, a group of 11 organizations announced a new coalition that will promote policies to achieve those goals.
A top service official told lawmakers that the 2019 deadline set by Congress to replace the Russian-made RD-180 with an American-made alternative is probably not feasible.
The new chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee offered few surprises in his first hearing, calling for NASA to refocus on human space exploration but expressing his support for one of the current administration’s major space policy priorities, commercial crew transportation.
Marion Blakey is stepping down as president of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to become president and chief executive officer of Rolls Royce North America, the Arlington, Virginia-based trade association announced Feb. 24.
The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, on Feb. 24 announced that it will remain a part of the international space station until 2024 before detaching the Russian modules and forming its own outpost in low Earth orbit.