Washington Updates

Space Could Stop Epidemics

October 2, 2009
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One of two papers presented by Space Foundation Research Analyst Mariel John this month at the 60th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Daejeon, South Korea, examines the technical, programmatic, and political requirements for implementing an operational program to use remote sensing for disease prevention in Nigeria. With a fast-growing economy and a population of more…

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Space Foundation Adds Government Affairs Associate

October 2, 2009
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Tommy Sanford has joined the Space Foundation as a government affairs associate, working out of the Washington, D.C., office.  Sanford has held internships with the House of Representatives Space & Aeronautics Subcommittee and the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization. “I’m a strong believer in opportunities in space improving life on Earth,” said Sanford. In…

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Space Offers Solutions for Developing Nations

October 2, 2009
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Some of the solutions to many developing nations’ social and economic woes might just come from the most unlikely place – outer space. Solutions from Space: Space Applications for International Development, a Space Foundation white paper released last month, says that the ability of space-based technology to overcome infrastructure and access issues might help solve previously…

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D.C. Awaits Full Space Flight Commission Report

October 2, 2009
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As we proceed into the autumn, much of the focus of the space policy community in Washington, D.C., has been absorbing and digesting the recently released Executive Summary report from the committee on the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans. Both the House of Representatives and Senate have already held oversight hearings on the…

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Major Reviews Readied as Congress Takes Break

September 2, 2009
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August is traditionally a very quiet time in Washington, D.C., when Congress goes out of session for the month to spend time in their home states to meet with constituents. Therefore, the various NASA and the Department of Defense spending bills are paused until Congress reconvenes. There are several space policy reviews that have been…

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Russia will Invest Heavily in Aerospace

September 2, 2009
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The following was reported in Russian newspaper, RIA Novosti, on Aug. 18: Despite the current economic crisis, the Russian government has allocated about 80 billion rubles ($2.5 billion) in 2009 for the development of the aerospace industry. According to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, “We are planning to continue investing heavily in these branches of…

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Space Foundation Researcher to Present at IAC

September 2, 2009
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Space Foundation’s Mariel John has been selected to present two papers at the 60th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), being held this October 12-16 in Daejeon, South Korea. Hosted by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the IAC is a well-established and well-respected conference that attracts an average of 1,500 participants each year, including members of the global…

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The Space Report Recognized for Printing Excellence

September 2, 2009
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The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity produced by the Space Foundation has won a prestigious printing award in a state-wide Florida competition. The glossy report on the state of the $257 billion space industry received an Award of Excellence in the environmentally sound materials category of the Printing Association of…

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Letter Urges Obama to Modernize Export Controls

August 2, 2009
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The Space Foundation is among 14 organizations signing a July 13 letter to President Barack Obama encouraging U.S. export control modernization to improve the United States’ technological competitiveness. The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness, which was formed in 2007 to draw attention to the need for fundamental export control modernization, asked the president to “adopt…

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Washington Abuzz with Space Activity

August 2, 2009
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On July 28, the Space Foundation, in partnership with the National Defense Industrial Association, held the second Space Power Lecture Series breakfast of the year, with Dr. Peter Wegner, director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., as the featured speaker. Dr. Wegner spoke to an audience of Congressional members and…

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