Policy & Politics
Michael O’Rielly had been nominated in March for a new five-year term as member of the Federal Communications Commission.
A coronavirus pandemic spending package introduced in the Senate this week would provide $1.5 billion in supplemental funding for NASA, although agency leadership says the exact amount of money the agency needs to cover its costs remains to be determined.
One of the narratives in the report is that the United States is at risk of being displaced by China as the world's space superpower.
A draft of the Democratic Party’s 2020 platform suggests that an administration led by Joe Biden would make few major changes in NASA programs but does not explicitly endorse a 2024 human return to the moon.
“This whole decision making process seems unusual and doesn’t have the transparency that it requires,” Jones said in a video posted to Twitter. “Therefore, my committee will be holding an inquiry to understand the decision making behind this purchase.”
A new National Space Council report argues that the exploration and development of space must be an integrated effort that involves not just NASA but other government agencies, as well as international and commercial partners.
The European Commission slashed its space budget for the next seven years, agreeing to a maximum of 13.2 billion ($15.2 billion) focused mainly on continuing the Galileo and Copernicus satellite programs.
The federal government will soon allow U.S. commercial remote sensing companies to sell high-resolution satellite images of Israel, changing resolution limits that have been in place for more than two decades.
A spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee July 14 once again rejects an administration proposal to combine the Office of Space Commerce with another office and increase its budget to perform space traffic management work.
An appropriations bill to be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee July 14 would restore funding to five NASA science missions and projects that the administration’s budget proposal sought to cancel for fiscal year 2021.
Defense committee says not having a senior civilian acquisition executive for space is a “fundamental problem."
NASA has signed an agreement with the Japanese government that brings the agencies closer to finalizing Japan’s roles in the Artemis program.