Washington Updates

Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022
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This week in Washington: Senator Bernie Sanders’ effort to remove a $10 billion provision for a second Human Landing System was defeated on the Senate floor, Frank Calvelli was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, and a Department of Defense Inspector General released a report finding US Space…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending April 29, 2022

April 29, 2022
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Space Shuttle Discovery over Washington, DC

This week in Washington: Vice President Harris declared a commitment to end ASAT tests; Travis Langster was announced as DoD’s Principal Director of Space Policy; Richard DalBello was tapped to lead NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce; and NASA awarded $278.5 million in contracts for near-Earth space communication development. US Space Policy Updates Travis Langster was…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022
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This week in Washington: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to strengthen investor protections in IPOs by SPACs; six candidate locations have been selected for USSF Space Training and Readiness Command Headquarters; the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology authored a letter to President Biden expressing…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022
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This week in Washington, DC, the long-anticipated FY2023 Budget was released and included $24.5 billion for Space Force and $26 billion for NASA, both increases from the past fiscal year, the FAA delayed its environmental review of SpaceX’s Starship, and Singapore became the fifteenth signatory of the Artemis Accords. Virtual Space Symposium 37 Experience Space…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending March 11, 2022

March 11, 2022
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This week in Washington, Congress passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill including a slight overall increase to NASA’s budget, military leaders emphasized that China is a greater national security threat than Russia, Bahrain and Romania signed the Artemis Accords, and China announced plans to open its space station to commercial partners. Space Foundation Virtual…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending February 25, 2022

February 25, 2022
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The space community looks to the International Space Station and the future of international collaboration as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate. China denies the rocket stage set to impact the Moon was from the 2014 Chang’e 5-T1 mission. Virtual Space Foundation Events Interview with Joy White Space Systems Command (SSC) Executive Director Joy…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending February 11, 2022

February 11, 2022
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This week in Washington, D.C., House Representatives signed a letter to House Appropriators requesting an additional $50 million in military space funds, Space Force issued requests for procurement and cyber security support, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation members pushed for a NASA Authorization Bill, and a United Nations meeting on norms of…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022
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This week in Washington, D.C., NASA announced a shift towards Gateway construction instead of Lunar landings after Artemis 3, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued to block Lockheed Martin’s acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne, longtime military space advocate Representative Jim Cooper will retire from Congress, and news broke that Congress may require a short-term continuing resolution…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022
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This week in Washington, D.C., the Biden-Harris Administration commits to extending International Space Station (ISS) operations through 2030, Space Force’s Orbital Prime program called for space debris removal proposals, and Military Chiefs, including Space Force leadership warned the House Appropriations Committee against an extended continuing resolution (CR) for the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021
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This week in Washington, D.C., the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the Senate, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced an end to the Commercial Astronaut Wings Program, and the Biden Administration nominated Frank Calvelli to direct Space Force acquisitions. Former US Senator Bob Dole and Former Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer both passed…

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