Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will be the new chairman of the Senate subcommittee responsible for military space issues, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Jan. 18.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved a short-term NASA authorization bill Sept. 21 that is intended to provide short-term stability to NASA during the upcoming presidential transition but will cast new scrutiny on one major agency program.
The Defense Department needs to focus on space control programs and a battle management command and control system to prepare for a fight in space, the U.S. Air Force’s top space official told a Senate committee Sept. 20.
A bipartisan NASA authorization bill introduced by several senators Sept. 15 would require NASA to evaluate alternatives to its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and develop a plan to transition activities currently performed on the International Space Station to commercial platforms.
Members of the Senate’s space subcommittee argued July 13 that the next president should avoid making radical changes to NASA’s human spaceflight programs.
Senators took to their chamber’s floor June 9 to discuss when United Launch Alliance should stop using Russian RD-180 rocket engines to launch national security satellites.
An appropriations bill approved by a Senate committee April 21 provides a significant increase to NASA’s exploration programs by trimming funds from many other major NASA programs.
The top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee said April 18 she will seek additional funding for NASA in a spending bill her committee will take up later this week.
At the final hearing involving one of NASA’s biggest congressional patrons March 10, Senate appropriators criticized the use of accounting “gimmicks” to help fund NASA’s 2017 budget request.
The Senate passed Nov. 10 the final version of a commercial space bill that extends two key regulatory provisions and provides limited property rights for resources extracted from asteroids.
Despite passing legislation that would extend key provisions of commercial launch law, the House and Senate have yet to start efforts to reconcile their separate bills, a leading House Democrat said Aug. 25.
The U.S. Senate approved a bill Aug. 4 that extends two key provisions of commercial launch law as well as authorizes operations of the International Space Station beyond 2020, but the bill will have to be reconciled with a House bill that is more generous to industry.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford said the protection of the military's satellites should be a higher national security priority.