Sen. Jack Reed: “I think within a year, next year at this time, we’ll have a Space Force."
The chairman of a key Senate committee said he’s “troubled” by cost and schedule growth on major NASA programs and is asking the agency for more information on their status.
In September, SASC plans to consider additional DoD civilian and military nominations.
SASC Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said the committee conducted its own probe and concluded the allegations were “unproven.”
While the United States has the advanced technology and capable workforce it would need for further space exploration, it lacks the focus and prioritization that assured the success of the Apollo program, Apollo flight director Gene Kranz told Senators July 9.
Senators are taking a new approach to winning passage of a commercial space bill, offering it as an amendment to a defense authorization bill.
The SASC is trying to hold the Air Force more accountable for the performance of space acquisition programs.
Sen. Jack Reed: “An issue that will be paramount for both of you is Space Command’s relationship with the NRO."
The SASC bill makes the commander of Air Force Space Command also the commander of the U.S. Space Force for the first year.
A day after NASA unveiled an amended budget request to support a human landing on the moon in 2024, the agency’s leader warned that if Congress provided less than the request it increased the risk of missing that deadline.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Senate appropriators May 1 that while the administration is not yet ready to release a revised budget that accommodates an accelerated human lunar landing program, the costs will not be as high as some rumors.
SASC wants to how the Space Force will support and integrate with U.S. Space Command and the Space Development Agency.