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.
The White House has once again nominated Barry Myers to be administrator of NOAA, as well as four people to serve on the board of the Export-Import Bank.
A commercial space bill that fell just short of passage last year will be reintroduced this year to serve as the starting point for further discussions, a key senator said Jan. 15.
In the final hours of the 115th Congress, the Senate confirmed a new director for OSTP but failed to act on a nominee for NOAA.