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

December 15, 2023
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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

December 1, 2023
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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

November 17, 2023
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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

November 3, 2023
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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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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on October 20, 2023

October 20, 2023
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This Week in Washington This Week in Washington, NASA successfully launched the Psyche mission destined for the same-name asteroid Psyche, Azerbaijan announced its commitment to join China’s International Lunar Research Station, and the Senate Subcommittee on Space and Science conducted a hearing on commercial operations for human spaceflight. United States Space Policy Updates Space Systems…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on October 6, 2023

October 6, 2023
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This Week in Washington This Week in Washington, Congress approved a three-month FAA extension, the FCC issued its first space debris enforcement action, and the 74th International Aeronautic Congress took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. United States Space Policy Updates NASA published the second Independent Review Board report for the Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission. While…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on September 22, 2023

September 22, 2023
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This Week in Washington This Week in Washington, Germany became the 29th signatory to the Artemis Accords, the House reintroduced the Space Safety and Situational Awareness Transition Act, and the FAA proposed potential regulation to limit the growth of orbital debris. United States Space Policy Updates Gen. Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations for the…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on September 8, 2023

September 8, 2023
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This Week in Washington This Week in Washington, the Senate confirmed Anna Gomez as the fifth FCC commissioner, President Biden nominated Michael G. Whitaker to serve as FAA Administrator, and the FAA closed its investigation of the SpaceX Starship Heavy launch incident. United States Space Policy Updates The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on August 25, 2023

August 25, 2023
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This Week in Washington This Week in Washington, India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully landed on the Moon, the FAA put forth a new rule proposal to revise definitions and requirements related to human spaceflight operations, and the House Armed Services Committee intends to convene a hearing to examine the decision on U.S. Space Command headquarters. Space…

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Biweekly Washington D.C. Updates for the Week Ending on August 11, 2023

August 11, 2023
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This Week in Washington This Week in Washington, President Biden selected Colorado Springs as the permanent location of U.S. Space Command Headquarters, the FCC introduced new spectrum regulation for commercial space launches, and Russia launched “Luna-25,” its first lunar mission in nearly 50 years. United States Space Policy Updates The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) announced…

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