The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2015, drafted by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), would mark the second time in the last three decades that Congress has directed NASA to support efforts for permanent human settlements beyond Earth orbit.
Members of an industry group that advises the U.S. government on commercial space matters are in broad agreement that export restrictions on commercial human spacecraft should be eased, but sharply disagreed at a recent meeting on how to seek those changes.
It is important not to reinvent the U.S. space program, especially concerning human missions to Mars. While everything is not perfect, we can’t afford another reset of national space policy when the next president takes office.
The Alliance for Space Development is firmly focused on the development that must precede a successful settlement effort regardless of the location — the moon, Mars, free space or asteroids — despite criticism that the alliance has not advocated on lunar settlement this year.
As NASA develops its plans for eventual human missions to Mars, the agency is deferring decisions on a number of major details, in part to retain flexibility to keep the program alive when U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in two years.
With less than six months to go before a limitation on regulating U.S. commercial human spaceflight companies expires, industry and government officials have yet to find agreement on whether to extend the current arrangement or, if not, how to replace it.
Human missions to Mars are possible in the 2030s without significant increases to NASA’s current budget, according to an internal Jet Propulsion Laboratory study discussed at a recent closed-door workshop.
Until recently, making huge accomplishments in space was reserved exclusively for the large aerospace corporations and heavily funded space companies on contract to the federal government. Now it has been proved that a small group of motivated individuals can move quickly on decade-long dreams for space.
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.
Members of the Senate Commerce space subcommittee used a March 12 hearing on the NASA budget to debate with each other, and the head of the agency, about what the agency’s priorities should be.
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.
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.
The American public is skeptical that private ventures will be able to launch “ordinary people” into space in the coming decades, and is split about spending money on government-led human space exploration, a new poll indicates.