International Affairs

Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on March 22, 2024

This Week in Washington SpaceX’s Starship conducted its third flight test, successfully lifting off from Starbase. The Biden-Harris Administration released its Fiscal Year 2025 Presidential Budget Request. The House Science Committee approved eight bipartisan bills during a full Committee markup. Congress unveiled the remaining six FY 2024 appropriation bills in a second “minibus,” which includes…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on March 8, 2024

This Week in Washington The Senate Armed Service Committee held a hearing with the U.S. Strategic Command and the U.S. Space Command. Read Space Foundation’s summary of the hearing here. Congress has passed a six-bill appropriations package, allocating $24.875 billion to NASA for FY2024. Reps. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) announced the relaunch of…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on February 23, 2024

This Week in Washington Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 lunar lander has become the first American spacecraft to successfully land on the moon in over 50 years. Uruguay has become the 36th signatory to the Artemis Accords. The House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing on current and future LEO activities.…

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Biweekly Washington Updates for the Week Ending on February 9, 2024

This Week in Washington Greece is set to become the 35th nation to sign the Artemis Accords. Next week, the House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics will hold a hearing on the “ISS and Beyond: The Present and Future of American Low-Earth Orbit Activities.” The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bipartisan…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on January 26, 2024

This Week in Washington Belgium joined the Artemis Accords as the 34th signatory. The House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing on the Artemis program. Read Space Foundation’s summary of the hearing here. NASA held its annual Day of Remembrance to commemorate the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. United…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on January 12, 2024

This Week in Washington NASA announced that the Artemis II and Artemis III missions have been delayed to September 2025 and September 2026, respectively. The House Science, Space and Technology (HSST) Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics has scheduled a hearing to discuss the Artemis Program next week. NASA and the UAE jointly announced that the UAE…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on December 15, 2023

This Week in Washington The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space and Science convened a hearing on mission authorization. Congress voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. The GAO issued a report examining mishaps in commercial space transportation. Congressional Hearing Summaries Did you miss the congressional hearings this week? Catch up with hearing summaries of:…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on December 1, 2023

This Week in Washington NASA Administrator Bill Nelson is on an official visit to India and the United Arab Emirates. The House Science Committee voted to advance the Commercial Space Act. The Government Accountability Office found that the Artemis III mission is unlikely to occur in 2025. The National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group convened…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on November 17, 2023

This Week in Washington Bulgaria joined the Artemis Accords as the 32nd signatory. The National Space Council released a legislative proposal to regulate novel commercial space activities. SpaceX postponed the second launch attempt of the Starship rocket to tomorrow. United States Space Policy Updates John Plumb, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, participated in…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on November 3, 2023

This Week in Washington This Week in Washington, President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Albanese reaffirmed U.S. and Australian collaboration in commercial space activities, the Netherlands and Iceland joined the Artemis Accords, and Congress passed the ORBITS Act. United States Space Policy Updates The Senate unanimously voted to confirm Michael Whitaker to serve as Administrator…

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