The memos covered the ISS, Mars exploration plans, and development of commercial space capabilities.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 28) confirmed two more of President Obama’s picks for top military space posts, completing a leadership shuffle that began when Lt. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond got the nod to lead Air Force Space Command.
As expected, President Obama vetoed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, putting several national security space-related measures in limbo.
Every year, the space community tunes into the State of the Union speech to see what the President might say about space in the address. And, nearly every year, those people are disappointed by the end of the speech, as space gets crowded out by other domestic and foreign policy priorities. This year was different, though.
Obama has nominated Dava Newman, an MIT professor with experience in both space technology and policy, to become the next deputy administrator of NASA.
Obama nominated retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown to take over as NOAA’s assistant secretary for environmental observation and prediction.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s new strategy to combat climate change has won big praise from NASA.
The spending plan brushes aside sequestration to keep key space programs on track while making a handful of new investments.
The leader of the world’s pre-eminent space and military power is always in position to make a mark on space; the question is whether that person has any desire to do so. In the case of U.S. President Barack Obama, the desire is clearly there, and thus he tops the list of 10 difference-makers for the second year in a row.