Capitol Hill Policy Update for May 24th thru May 31st, 2014

Capitol Hill Policy Update for May 24th thru May 31st, 2014

May 31, 2014 Space Policy News

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Commercial:

FAA approves SpaceX’s spaceport in Texas SpaceX was granted environmental approval from the FAA for their launch site at Boca Chica beach. The site can launch up to 12 rockets a year with two of the rockets being the Falcon Heavy.

Government:

House passes FY2015 Appropriations bill for NASA Friday morning the House passed the FY2015 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill which funds NASA. The bill included $17.896 billion for NASA, this is $435 million more than the President’s request. Citizens for Space Exploration, Capitol Hill visit Citizens for Space Exploration, a grass-roots volunteer group, made 350 Congressional visits from May 20-22. A primary point pushed was a multi-year authorization for NASA’s budget, while they found some argument, overall there was a positive response. The Planetary Society endorses Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) The Planetary Society’s endorsement is important to the future health of ARM as the mission has been met with general skepticism from the scientific community. With recent budget constraints, the Society believes ARM is an important viable path to advance space exploration.

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WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK:

June 4 – National Research Council (NRC) releasing study on future of human spaceflight Welcome to the NewSpace revolution, Joshua Jenkins and Andrew Newman Space Frontier Foundation Policy Team Contact us at: joshua.jenkins@spacefrontier.org or andrew.newman@spacefrontier.org