The present-day debate about a policy change to allow the use of ICBM motors to provide lower cost commercial launches mirrors one from the early 1990s.
The White House has endorsed a proposal where the FAA would provide oversight of “non-traditional” commercial space activities, eliminating a policy barrier for proposed missions beyond Earth orbit.
A coalition of space organizations released a white paper for presidential and other candidates March 4 calling for stability and continuity in space policy.
The current capability of our technological society to predict space weather is primitive. Yet our national electric power grid, our thousands of satellites in Earth orbit and virtually all of our crucial electronic gadgetry are extremely vulnerable to the effects of severe space weather.
The White House wants U.S. agencies involved in space weather to consider commercial sources of observation data as they draft a unified, long-term plan for forecasting the kind of solar storms that can wreak havoc on all manner of electrical systems in space and on Earth.
A continuing resolution passed by Congress Sept. 30 narrowly avoided a shutdown of the federal government, keeping agencies funded through early December.