Today’s House hearing on Fiscal Year 2018 Priorities and Posture of the National Security Space Enterprise was held by the House Committee on Armed Services’ Strategic Forces Subcommittee. The witnesses and their prepared testimony: Lieutenant General David Buck, Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS29/20170519/105974/HHRG-115-AS29-Wstate-BuckD-20170519.pdf Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial […]

  Curiosity continues towards Vera Rubin Ridge with a drive of 157 feet (48 meters), reports Michael Battalio, an atmospheric scientist from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The NASA Mars rover is now in Sol 1700 and has been performing touch-and-go activities using its Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Mars Hand Lens Imager […]

    At the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the testimony and discussion centered on military space organization, policy, and programs. The bottom line: “Space will be contested…it is now warfighting domain.”     Witness list Hearing witnesses from the U.S. military were: — Heather A. Wilson, Secretary Of […]

On the Launchpad: Return to Deep Space was staged by The Atlantic on Tuesday, May 16th. The Atlantic event surveyed a shifting landscape of new technologies, exploring the cosmos by gathering experts on the growing space industry and the future of space and extraterrestrial travel. This informative event was underwritten by Hewlett-Packard. Where will the […]

  Rocket Lab is about to open a 10-day launch attempt window from May 22, 2017 for the maiden launch of the firm’s Electron rocket. The launch, titled ‘It’s a Test’, will take place from Rocket Lab’s private orbital launch site, Launch Complex 1, on the Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand. Learn and iterate According to […]

A just-released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report dives into the cost and schedule performance of NASA’s portfolio of major projects. The overall finding is that NASA’s cost and schedule performance continued to improve, “but this trend may be difficult to sustain,” the GAO reports. Current trend According to the GAO, the current trend is driven […]

    NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is busy at work carrying out Sol 1697 duties. Reports Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland, Curiosity is continuing its detailed investigation of a suite of outcrops within the vicinity of the robot. Varied outcrop structures “As we climb up Mount Sharp, recently over […]

  This month’s release of the sci-fi film “Alien: Covenant” has a robotic guest star, the Audi lunar quattro – a Moon rover developed in cooperation with a German start-up – “Part-Time Scientists.” The Audi lunar quattro celebrates its film debut in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi blockbuster “Alien: Covenant” which premieres worldwide this month. Audi experts […]

On the Launchpad: Return to Deep Space is being staged by The Atlantic on Tuesday, May 16th. The Atlantic will survey a shifting landscape of new technologies, exploring the cosmos by gathering experts on the growing space industry and the future of space and extraterrestrial travel. Where will the next space race take us, what […]

At the recent Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C. I was pleased to serve as moderator of an evening panel program: Risky Business – Risk Tolerance and Space Exploration. Joining me in the discussion: — Penny Boston (NASA: Astrobiology Institute) — John Grunsfeld (former Astronaut; former NASA Associate Administrator) — Tiffany Montague (former Manager, […]

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