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  • Setting a Date for Landing Humans on Mars
    Posted in In the News on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    From Congress to NASA to Elon Musk, there’s been a lot of talk about humans going to Mars. Until recently, it’s been fanciful, given budget constraints, the mothballing of the space shuttle and Americans needing Russia to reach the International Space Station. But slowly, the red planet is coming into view. The vehicles necessary are being built, research craft are being sent to survey the landscape and plans are being drawn up for a lunar way station. All that’s needed now is a target date. But... Read more

  • Peek inside Amazon's new fulfillment center in Aurora
    Posted in In the News on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Amazon's DEN2 General Manager Joe Dudek led a tour for the media and a few dignitaries of the fulfillment center in Aurora near I-70 and E470 on Thursday morning. Among the speakers prior to the walking tour were U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Congressman Mike Coffman. The 1 million square-foot site has been operational since September 2017, but this was the first opportunity for media to tour the facility. There are more than 1,000 full-time employees that pick, pack, s... Read more

  • Perlmutter-Polis helicopter safety measure was prompted by Frisco crash
    Posted in In the News on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a five-year re-authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration Friday with an amendment on helicopter safety proposed by Colorado members of Congress. The amendment — proposed by U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis, both Colorado Democrats — requires newly manufactured helicopters to be built with safer fuel systems approved by an industry group of safety advocates. The amendment was a result of the 2015 Flight for Life helicopter crash in Fri... Read more

  • Space commerce traffic management
    Posted in In the News on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    In recent years, the Office of Space Commerce had been an almost forgotten part of the federal space bureaucracy, even among those immersed in policy debates. The tiny office lacked the regulatory mandate of the FAA, FCC, or even NOAA, whose Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs (CRSRA) office licensed commercial imaging satellites. That has changed remarkably quickly. In February, the National Space Council approved recommendations that would give the office new responsibility for oversi... Read more

  • House passes commercial space regulatory bill
    Posted in In the News on April 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives approved legislation April 24 that would reform commercial remote sensing regulation and create a licensing regime for “non-traditional” commercial space activities. The House approved on a voice vote H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, after about 25 minutes of debate on the House floor during which no members spoke in opposition to the bill. The bill, which cleared the House Science Committee last June, is intended to both strea... Read more

  • House Approves American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act
    Posted in In the News on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act (H.R. 2809), which simplifies and strengthens the space-based remote sensing regulatory system, enhances U.S. compliance with international obligations, improves national security and removes regulatory barriers facing new and innovative space operators. The bill is sponsored by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Chairman Smith: “American innovato... Read more

  • HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION CREATING, REFORMING COMMERCIAL SPACE REGULATION
    Posted in In the News on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Today the House passed the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act by voice vote with bipartisan support. The bill modernizes the existing regulatory system for commercial remote sensing satellites and designates the Department of Commerce as the agency responsible for regulating new “non-traditional” commercial space activities. Action now moves to the Senate. House Science, Space and Technology (SS&T) chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) led floor debate on the bill, H.R. 2809, though it was not a ... Read more

  • Young Arvadan making her ecological mark
    Posted in In the News on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    One 7 year old in Arvada is proving even the youngest of us can make a difference in the world. Madhvi Chittoor, a first grader at Hackberry Hill Elementary, recently had success getting US Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to proclaim the entire month of April as Plastic and Styrofoam Pollution Awareness Month throughout the state. “The aim is to make Colorado residents aware of the impact that plastic pollution has on our environment,” said Chittoor. “Not only d... Read more

  • Lawmakers In Mountain West Join In Effort To Fix DACA
    Posted in In the News on April 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Members of Congress are pushing to seal the deal on the status of immigrants who came to this country illegally as children. The decision was supposed to be made by March 5, but that didn’t happen. “No action was taken, no vote was taken, and so I think it’s pretty frustrating,” says Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado. He’s one of 239 representatives who sponsored a resolution that would force a vote on immigration, including the status of people currently protected under the Deferred... Read more

  • House bill seeks to limit punitive effect of CFPB guidance process
    Posted in In the News on April 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., has introduced legislation designed to make the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s guidance process more transparent. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., would require the CFPB director to issue “guidance” that "is necessary or appropriate to enable the bureau to carry out federal consumer financial law, including facilitating compliance with such law." It also prohibits penalizing institutions that rely in good faith on guidance from ... Read more

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