Washington Updates

Space Foundation Applauds NASA Confirmations

August 2, 2009
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On July 15, Major General Charles Bolden, USMC (Ret.) was confirmed as the 12th NASA Administrator and Lori Garver was confirmed as NASA Deputy Administrator. Both began their new positions on July 17. “Charlie Bolden is an American hero who brings deep NASA knowledge and experience, and unsurpassed leadership skills to the key position of…

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Dr. Peter Wegner Speaks at Space Power Lecture

August 2, 2009
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Dr. Peter Wegner, director of the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., addressed an audience of 62 government and industry leaders and Congressional members and their staffs at a Space Power Lecture Breakfast July 28 in Washington, D.C. The breakfast was jointly sponsored by the Space Foundation and the National Defense…

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Space Foundation Discusses A Day Without Space

August 2, 2009
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Space Foundation Research Analyst Micah Walter-Range participated as a panelist in the A Day Without Space: Economic Security Ramifications conference hosted by the George Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council of TechAmerica on July 28 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Scott Pace¸ director of the Space Policy Institute and professor of practice in International Affairs…

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PWR's Maser Calls for Space Roadmap

August 2, 2009
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Jim Maser, president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), speaking last month at a Space Foundation Correspondents Group breakfast in Washington, D.C., said that the U.S. needs a long-term vision for space to allow industry to better align human resources and research and development dollars with government plans. He said the unstable and discontinuous nature…

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Space: Bedrock of U.S. Economic, Strategic Power

August 2, 2009
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Space “is the bedrock of America’s economic and strategic power,” but the U.S. government needs to improve the acquisition of space systems in order to maximize the benefits of space investment. This was part of the feedback Space Foundation Board member Patti Grace Smith gave to the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on…

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Report from Washington

July 2, 2009
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On June 24, the Space Foundation, in partnership with the Secure World Foundation, hosted a discussion and briefing on space weapons for congressional staff. See related story in this issue of Space Watch. On June 17, the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, chartered to examine NASA’s human spaceflight plans and programs, held…

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Space Foundation to Co-Sponsor Global Space Development Summit

July 2, 2009
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Participants at this fall’s 2nd Global Space Development Summit, organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Space Foundation and the Chinese Society for Astronautics, will examine critical developments on issues of space exploration and Earth observations. Scheduled for Nov. 12-13 in Washington,…

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Briefing Keeps Staffers Informed on Space Weapons

July 2, 2009
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The Space Foundation and the Secure World Foundation co-hosted a standing-room-only policy briefing on space weapons June 24 in Washington, D.C. The audience comprised primarily congressional staff, representing the House and the Senate at both an office and a committee level. Other attendees included representatives from a number of major aerospace companies. Space Foundation Vice…

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Report from Washington

June 2, 2009
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On May 6, the Space Foundation hosted a Space Foundation Correspondents Group breakfast with Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command. Speaking with about a dozen reporters, Gen. Kehler said that the United States is working to update its Cold War-era space situational awareness (SSA) system, a need made more urgent by…

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Space Foundation Briefing Features Kehler

June 2, 2009
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Space situational awareness (SSA) was a recurring theme at the Space Foundation Correspondents Group (SFCG) meeting May 6 in Washington, D.C. Speaking with about a dozen reporters, General C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command, said that the United States is working to update its Cold War-era SSA system, a need made more…

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