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04/17/2012
NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. , in his remarks to the 28th National Space Symposium spoke of a "new era of exploration, one of great promise."Saying that debate is over, he talked about moving forward on "implementation with bipartisan agreement," citing a number of projects on the horizon, including:The upcoming SpaceX launch to the International Space Station (ISS)The...
04/17/2012
In his April 17 remarks before a capacity audience at the 28th National Space Symposium, Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), highlighted accomplishments of AFSPC's 30-year history, saying "Moving from a time when space was a 'nice-to-have' with a strategic-user emphasis, to being a vital force multiplier across the entire joint force, space...
04/17/2012
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, bestselling author and host of the upcoming show COSMOS, opened the 28th National Space Symposium with one of the most inspiring talks the audience has heard in years. It is impossible to capture Tyson's enthusiasm in a brief recap so we have posted his remarks here.Tyson's key points included:Even though NASA represents only a...
04/16/2012
As the first featured speaker of the April 16 Cyber 1.2 event, which preceded the 28th National Space Symposium, Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla, USAF, vice commander, Air Force Space Command, focused on the development of the Air Force Network (AFNet), as well as risk mitigating strategies for cyber operations. Basla began by asserting that cyberspace is part of every Air Force war...
02/02/2012
The Space Foundation and Australian Ambassador Kim Beazley hosted a reception at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1 for 200 space leaders from government and industry who joined together in honor of the long space endeavor partnership between the United States and Australia. Representing the Space Foundation board of directors were Chairman Martin C. Faga, Treasurer Anita...
01/27/2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 27, 2012) -- During his visit to Colorado this week with President Barack Obama, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley toured the new Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs with Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham. Included in tour were Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla, vice commander, Air Force Space Command, and Brig. Gen. Margaret B. Poore,...
01/10/2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 10, 2012) -- The Space Foundation tracked the Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for U.S. Department of Defense space programs through the legislative process. This document identifies U.S. Department of Defense space programs and their authorized and appropriated funding levels for FY 2012, as signed into law. In addition, the document outlines several space policy...
12/03/2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 4, 2011) -- Congress continues to work on completing the two most important defense-related pieces of legislation before the calendar year ends. The latest step was the Senate passing its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It differs from its House counterpart and, as such, those differences must be worked out before the measure can be sent to...
11/17/2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 18, 2011) -- Despite a very contentious year between Congress and the White House, President Barack Obama has signed a spending bill that sets the 2012 budget for NASA, bringing to an end several years of operation under restrictive Continuing Resolutions that underfunded the agency. According to Space Foundation Vice President - Washington Operations Brendan...
10/31/2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 31, 201) -- Conducting business in the space arena overseas can be daunting, especially with the many regulations that govern whether products or technology can be imported or exported. Primary is the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which control export and import of defense articles, technical data and services, including certain aerospace...

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