Capitol Hill Policy Update for March 17th to March 30th

Capitol Hill Policy Update for March 17th to March 30th

March 31, 2015 Space Policy News

Space Policy Update: Issue #16

March 30, 2015

 

Russia recently announced they would be extending their support of the ISS from 2020 to 2024. They also announced interest to work with NASA on the space station after ISS. Over the past week there have been many articles that suggest NASA agreed to work with Russia on the next space station. NASA has not confirmed this; NASA has stated they welcome international cooperation for future missions, but at this time remain focused on current utilization of the ISS and leading a human mission to Mars.

At a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, certain senators expressed concern that the military would not have a proper replacement by the legislated 2019 deadline. Air Force and ULA officials argue that the deadline is unrealistic and have asked that it be extended.

At a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, certain senators expressed concern that the military would not have a proper replacement by the legislated 2019 deadline. Air Force and ULA officials argue that the deadline is unrealistic and have asked that it be extended.

Looser ITAR Restrictions Allow More Competitive US Companies

 Last November, certain satellite components were removed from the U.S. Munitions List (USML). This has led to a reduction in the number of license requests. The Commerce Department is optimistic that the relaxation will allow U.S. companies to be more competitive internationally. Companies that build Earth observation satellites still find it difficult to sell optical sensors internationally.

Last November, certain satellite components were removed from the U.S. Munitions List (USML). This has led to a reduction in the number of license requests. The Commerce Department is optimistic that the relaxation will allow U.S. companies to be more competitive internationally. Companies that build Earth observation satellites still find it difficult to sell optical sensors internationally.

 

House Approves Commercial Weather Satellite Pilot Program

 “The House Science, and Technology committee approved a bill to improve weather research and forecasting.” The bill includes a pilot program to encourage private companies to provide purchasable weather data to NOAA from satellites the companies build and launch.

“The House Science, Space and Technology committee approved a bill to improve weather research and forecasting.” The bill includes a pilot program to encourage private companies to provide purchasable weather data to NOAA from satellites the companies build and launch.

 

NASA’s future mission involving capturing an asteroid and redirecting it to a lunar orbit for further analysis has been pivoted to only involving a smaller piece of the body. ‘Option B’ for the mission followed the same mission but only focused on a boulder from the asteroid’s makeup. The mission is also intended to perform deep space operations for future human spaceflight implementation.

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Newsletter Editors:

Joshua Jenkins

Andrew Newman

Calvin Baker

Contact us at:

joshua.jenkins@spacefrontier.org

andrew.newman@spacefrontier.org