International Space Station

Astronaut Breaks Record:  Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks NASA record for most days in space  Veteran U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record of 534 days for most career time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut early Monday.  Whitson, who launched to the Station in late November, is not scheduled to return to Earth until […]

FY17 and FY18 Budgets

NASA Fares Well:  A Republican favorite, NASA escapes Trump’s budget ax  NASA, a national engine for economic growth and innovation, has fared well in President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1.  The $19.1 billion proposed for NASA, represents a less than one percent reduction, much less than proposed reductions […]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Keep Exploring:  Ex-NASA official at CU’s Conference on World Affairs: ‘We have to keep exploring’  Former NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman told the audience at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs that space exploration must go forward.  “All of this exploring is not for the faint of heart,” explained Newman. “But […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion and Space Launch System Senate Letter to President:  Hatch Urges Continued Support of Space Explorationin Letter to President Trump Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, led 23 of his colleagues in a letter to President Trump highlighting the importance of space exploration infrastructure, including the SpaceLaunch System (SLS), […]

International Space Station

Commercial Crew on Schedule for 2018:  Commercial Crew on tight but achievable timeline for crewed flights in 2018  Boeing and SpaceX are showing signs of achieving crewed test flights of their CST-100 Starliner and Dragon spacecapsules by the end of 2018. Both are developing systems to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station […]

NASA Authorization Legislation

President Signs:  Trump touts bipartisanship of NASA reauthorization in weekly address  In a video address early Saturday, President Trump pointed to his signing of the 2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act last week as an effective example of Washington bipartisanship. The president said with the NASA Transition Authorization Act, “we renew our national commitment to NASA’s […]

FY17 and FY18 Budgets

NASA Funding:  FY2018 budget may be topic A, but FY2017 still not settled Though Congress is soon to get more details from the Administration on the proposed 2018 budget, the White House and lawmakers must still come to terms on a spending plan for 2017. Unable to agree on a budget last year, lawmakers and […]

NASA Authorization Legislation

Senate:  Senate passes 2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act  The U.S. Senate passed an updated NASA authorization measure on Friday, one similar to a House measure approved in the last Congress. Formulated with bi-partisan support, the Senate measure urges NASA to study how the Orion capsule might serve as a backup to the commercial crew vehicles […]

International Space Station

New ISS Airlock:  The International Space Station will get a new, private airlock in 2019  Houston-based Nanoracks has reached an agreement with NASA for the installation of a cargo airlock on the U.S. segment of the International Space Station, possibly at the Tranquility module. Boeing will assemble and install a compatible berthing mechanism. The new […]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Update:  Insider exclusive: Orion designed to keep crew in the ‘loop’  Lockheed Martin, NASA’s prime contractor for development of the Orion crew module, is paying close attention to the requirements and limitations of future crew members as it proceeds, according to the company’s crew module director. Work is underway at NASA’s Johnson Space Center […]