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  • 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

  • House committee approved revised NASA authorization bill
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The House Science Committee, after some unusual last-minute drama, approved a NASA authorization bill April 17 that offers more support to the agency’s Earth science program. The committee voted 26–7 to approve H.R. 5503, the NASA Authorization Act of 2018. The bill approved by the committee was an amended version of the one introduced April 13, authorizing funding for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and including a number of policy provisions. The markup of the bill, though, was i... Read more

  • House science panel feuds over NASA earth science programs, then finds compromise
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Congressional Democrats and Republicans have waged repeated battles over funding for earth science research at NASA, with Democrats wanting more and Republicans less. But yesterday, the two sides came to an agreement on how much to spend on the earth sciences that allowed them to advance legislation sketching out a 2-year vision for the space agency. The setting was the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Its chairman, Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), wanted to shape NASA’s... Read more

  • NASA AUTHORIZATION BILL CLEARS COMMITTEE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AFTER LAST MINUTE NEGOTIATIONS
    Posted in In the News on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    The House Science, Space, and Technology (SS&T) Committee approved a FY2018-2019 NASA authorization bill (H.R. 5503) on a 26-7 bipartisan vote today. Winning the support of committee Democrats involved last minute negotiations while the markup was underway that resulted in adoption of an amendment restoring $471 million in Earth science funding for FY2019. That brings the total authorized for NASA in FY2019 to $21.2 billion, which is $1.3 billion more than President Trump requested. The committe... Read more

  • Perlmutter Successfully Includes Earth Science Funding, Mars 2033 Amendment to NASA Authorization
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Today in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) successfully restored funding to NASA’s Earth Science Program. Perlmutter’s amendment, which added $471 million to the FY 2019 Earth Science budget, was included in the funding bill for NASA programs for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 which passed out of committee 26-7. Initially, H.R. 5503 was set to cut funding for the Earth Science Program by almost 25% from FY18 funding levels. The Eart... Read more

  • House committee advances two space bills
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The House Science Committee favorably reported bills March 22 that would recognize a NASA center as a center of excellence in rocket propulsion and would resolve a commercial space regulatory issue. The committee approved H.R. 5345, the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry (ALSTAR) Act, and H.R. 5346, the Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act, on voice votes and with no opposition. “Together, the two bills help ensure that America remains competitive in space... Read more

  • House members call on Senate to confirm Bridenstine as NASA administrator
    Posted in In the News on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — A letter signed by more than 60 House members calls on the Senate to advance the stalled nomination of fellow congressman Jim Bridenstine to be NASA administrator. In the March 20 letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the House members, led by space subcommittee chairman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), argued that the impending retirement of Robert Lightfoot as the agency’s acting administrator “makes it all the mor... Read more

  • 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

  • HOUSE COMMITTEE STILL WANTS MARS IN 2033, WORRIES ABOUT SPACE TECHNOLOGY AT NASA
    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

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