International Affairs

Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on June 14, 2024

This Week in Washington The House approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Armenia became the 43rd Artemis Accords signatory. Boeing’s Starliner has successfully launched and docked with the ISS. SpaceX’s Starship successfully completed its fourth flight test. United States Space Policy Updates The House Science (HSST) Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on May 31, 2024

This Week in Washington Peru and Slovakia became the 41st and 42nd signatories of the Artemis Accords. The House Armed Services Committee marked up and reported H.R. 8070, the FY25 NDAA, to the House floor. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson testified before the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. United States Space…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on May 17, 2024

This Week in Washington NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has traveled to Italy, Vatican City, and Saudi Arabia. The House Armed Services Committee released its draft FY25 NDAA. Lithuania has become the 40th signatory to the Artemis Accords. The SASC Subcommittee on Strategic Forces is scheduled to convene a hearing on DOD space activities next week. United…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on May 3, 2024

This Week in Washington Congress passed a resolution to designate today, May 3, as National Space Day. Russia vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution on preventing nuclear weapons in outer space. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson testified before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on the FY2025 budget request for NASA. Read Space Foundation’s summary of…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on April 20, 2024

This Week in Washington Switzerland, Sweden, and Slovenia joined the Artemis Accords this week. The U.S. Space Force released its Commercial Space Strategy. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. United States Space Policy Updates  Vice President Kamala Harris has called for action from both the private…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on April 5, 2024

This Week in Washington The Pentagon released the “2024 DOD Commercial Space Integration Strategy.” Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall and Chief of Space Operations Chance Saltzman will testify before the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Defense next Tuesday. Roscosmos has approved the preliminary design of a future Russian orbital station. United States Space Policy Updates …

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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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