The newest member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA appears to be eyeing the James Webb Space Telescope’s budget wedge to fund human space exploration after JWST finally launches. A former NASA Astrophysics Division director says scientists should be concerned.
Satellite ground systems historically are stove-piped systems but today’s space ground activities need solutions that are designed to provide common, affordable, modular and extensible frameworks that allow for future sustainment and decreased life-cycle costs.
There is a raging debate in the international and regional spectrum regulatory community on the issue of sharing fixed satellite service C-band downlink spectrum rights with the International Mobile Telecommunication (IMT)-Advanced service.
For the sake of national security, the military must do a better job of leveraging commercial technology in space. That’s the theme of a growing chorus of trade press articles, exemplified well by two stories published recently.
Private spacecraft are visiting the ISS, and NASA has publicly stated that the next space station(s) must be privately owned and operated. Today’s discussions about space activities aren’t merely about exploring space, but about developing and settling it.
The most critical element needed for a trip to Mars is also the most expensive. A new vehicle must safely sustain the crew for two to three years without resupply and embody all the functions of the current ISS and be a lot better.
Five to 10 years from now industry observers may well look back to January 2015 as one of the most pivotal moments in the evolution of the commercial satellite industry.
Just when it appeared as though European countries, despite all good intentions, were incapable of collaborating more closely on operational satellite programs, along comes word that Germany is buying into France’s next-generation optical satellite reconnaissance system.
The recent catastrophic explosion of the DMSP-F13 satellite — which has caused 43 new pieces of space junk — confirms once again that space debris has become one of the highest concerns for the space community.
If European space officials are tired of playing “Simon Says” with SpaceX, they can invest the money and intellectual capital needed to lead in space, but they almost never do.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has a scope of regulatory responsibilities that have outgrown its budget.
The Pioneering Space National Summit was conceived as a means to bring together disparate parts of the community to find out whether, instead of highlighting our differences, a conversation about our common interests might lead to a high-level consensus about the U.S. human spaceflight program.