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  • A new focus on exploration worries space technology advocates
    Posted in In the News on March 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    NASA’s space technology program has long struggled to find its place within the agency. While the idea of investing in new technologies to enable the agency’s wide range of missions has its logic, that program has often been irresistible to appropriators looking to find a little extra funding for other programs. Throughout the previous administration the space technology program typically received a little less than requested, and often with some of that funding directed for specific programs. N... Read more

    Posted in In the News on March 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Members of the House subcommittee that oversees NASA continued their advocacy for sending humans to Mars in 2033 as the Trump Administration interjects a return to the lunar surface in NASA’s future exploration plans. Several also expressed concern about the proposal to abolish NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and combine it with another part of the agency that focuses on development and operations. Former NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun, now the Dean of Engineering at the ... Read more

  • House members question balance of NASA programs in 2019 budget proposal
    Posted in In the News on March 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — Members of the House space subcommittee raised concerns about elements of NASA’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal during a March 7 hearing, from the cancellation of a space telescope to restructuring of the agency’s technology programs. At the hearing by the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee, NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot defended the budget proposal released last month, arguing that it supports human spaceflight efforts as well as science and aeronautic... Read more

  • Cutting NASA Science Missions 'Can Set a Dangerous Precedent,' Congressman Warns
    Posted in In the News on March 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    While the Trump administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 supports the long-term goal of sending humans to the moon and Mars, some members of Congress fear that the proposed shift for NASA's priorities could leave the agency's science missions in the dust. During a hearing on Capitol Hill today (March 7), several members of the House Space Subcommittee expressed concern over the budget proposal's request to cancel six upcoming missions from NASA's Astrophysics and Earth Science progr... Read more

  • Congressmen criticize stalled NASA administrator nomination
    Posted in In the News on March 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — Several members of the House Science Committee used a hearing on NASA’s latest budget proposal March 7 to criticize the Senate for not acting on the nomination of one of their colleagues to lead the agency. Testifying before the House space subcommittee on NASA’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal was Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who has led the agency on an interim basis for more than 13 months. That is the longest NASA has been led by an acting administrator in the agency’... Read more

  • Bridenstine wins a Democrat's support for NASA's top job
    Posted in In the News on October 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Jim Bridenstine has been nominated to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as its 13th administrator. It is my honor to support his nomination. NASA’s mission is to go where no one has gone before, explore the unknown, and reveal the secrets of the universe for the benefit of America and the world. This iconic agency has been at the forefront of scientific discovery for almost 60 years. Jim Bridenstine is well-equipped to lead NASA as it develops return missions to the moon, se... Read more

  • Perlmutter Joins NASA Caucus as Founding Member
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced the creation of the bipartisan NASA Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The caucus will bring attention to the role of NASA in U.S. national security and economic interests, educate policymakers on current NASA initiatives, as well as serve as a forum to discuss the scientific and technological challenges to American flight and space exploration endeavors. As a member of the Science, Space & Technology Committee, Perlmu... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Polis Continue to Demand Higher Safety Standards for Helicopters
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Transportation

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Jared Polis (CO-02) continued their efforts to demand higher safety standards for helicopters by offering an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization package that would require all new helicopters to be equipped with safer fuel systems. Unfortunately, House Republicans refused to allow a vote on the amendment as part of the six-month extension to the FAA reauthorization. “We have known for decades how to make h... Read more

  • Support builds for Bridenstine to lead NASA despite past skepticism on climate change
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    If confirmed, Jim Bridenstine would be the first NASA administrator in the post-Apollo era who wasn’t yet born when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. He’s a politician and a Navy aviator, not a rocket scientist, whose credentials have already been criticized by two prominent Florida senators. And the congressman's comments expressing skepticism about the role humans have played in climate change have sparked controversy. But in the days since President Trump announced that Bridenstine was his p... Read more

  • Lawmakers eye private moon missions
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    A House panel on Thursday met to discuss ways to boost private missions to the moon. Lawmakers from both parties on the House Science Subcommittee on Space expressed support for private lunar expeditions but raised concerns about property rights and the role of NASA. Representatives from private space companies Blue Origin LLC, Moon Express Inc. and Astrobotic testified about their plans. “It’s time for America to return to the moon — this time to stay,” said Bretton Alexander of Blue Origin in ... Read more

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