Washington Updates

Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021
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The 36th annual Space Symposium took place in Colorado Springs and on the virtual Symposium 365 platform from August 23-26. Thousands of individuals participated in the in-person programming and more joined us virtually. Thank you to all of our distinguished speakers, sponsors and industry partners, exhibition participants, and attendees. Rosh Hashanah began earlier this week,…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021
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This week, the $3.5 trillion spending package passed the Senate. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House will return from recess early to take up the budget resolution and infrastructure bill during the week of Aug. 23.  36th Space Symposium You can still register for the Virtual Experience at Space Symposium. Join us to…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021
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This week, the Senate confirmed Frank Kendall III to be the 26th Air Force secretary in a voice vote. The Senate moved forward through procedural votes on the major infrastructure bill. President Biden nominated John Plumb, chief of government relations at the Aerospace Corporation, to be assistant secretary of defense for space policy. The Space…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021
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This week, Richard Branson and the Unity 22 crew, comprised of Sirisha Bandla, Beth Moses, Coplin Bennet, and pilots Michael Masucci and Dave Mackay, successfully completed the first fully crewed flight for Virgin Galactic and made a giant leap towards commercial suborbital spaceflight. Next week, Blue Origin will fly the oldest and youngest people ever…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 2, 2021

July 2, 2021
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The week the Senate is out of session while the House Appropriations Defense Committee held closed markup sessions. Over 50 years in the making, Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk will fly to space.  Richard Branson announced July 11 as the new spaceflight date. Additionally, the space community remembers the Soyuz 11 crew, the only spacefarers to…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021
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This week the House and Senate held hearings for FY2022 budget requests. Juneteenth becomes first new U.S. National Holiday in nearly 40 years. Pam Melroy was confirmed as NASA Deputy Administrator and Rick Spinrad also passed on voice vote to become NOAA Administrator. Sign Up for Space Symposium 365 Register here to access key events…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021
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This week, Eric Lander was sworn in as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). NASA announced two new exciting missions, DAVINCI+ and VERITAS, to Venus at the State of NASA event. Register for the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this August Confirmed Speakers for Space Symposium include: Senator…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021
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The space community celebrated National Space Day last week. This week, the House voted on a bundle of STEM bills and held a hearing with Administrator Nelson on the FY2022 Budget for NASA. The Senate held a nomination hearing for Pam Melroy to be Deputy Administrator of NASA, and Rick Spinrad to be Under Secretary…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021
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This week, Vice President Harris swore in former Senator Bill Nelson as the 14th NASA Administrator. The space community celebrated May the Fourth. Register for the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this August This year Space Symposium will be a hybrid event, providing both live programming for in-person attendees, as well as digital access…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021
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This week, the world celebrated Earth Day, and NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully took its first of five scheduled flights on Mars. Later in the week, the Senate held a confirmation hearing for former Senator Bill Nelson to be the next NASA Administrator, and NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission successfully launched from Cape Canaveral. Also this week,…

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