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Chao Punts on Whether Commercial Space Should be Restored to DOT Secretary’s Office

Chao Punts on Whether Commercial Space Should be Restored to DOT Secretary's Office http://ift.tt/2iqxWGv During her confirmation hearing yesterday, Secretary of Transportation-designate Elaine Chao punted on a question from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) about whether the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) should be restored to the Secretary's office instead of being subordinate to the [...]

By | 2017-01-13T03:36:30+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments

Satellite Export Controls Get Another Update, JWST No Longer Under ITAR

Satellite Export Controls Get Another Update, JWST No Longer Under ITAR http://ift.tt/2imzj94 The Departments of Commerce and State announced more changes to the regulations that govern satellite exports yesterday. The new rules affect a range of activities from commercial remote sensing satellites to human spacecraft to the James Webb Space Telescope and become effective on [...]

By | 2017-01-12T06:56:13+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments

Progress MS-04 Failure Probably Due to Foreign Particles in Oxidizer Pump

Progress MS-04 Failure Probably Due to Foreign Particles in Oxidizer Pump http://ift.tt/2im7ttP The Russian commission investigating the December 1, 2016 failure of the Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft launch has concluded that foreign particles in the third stage engine's oxidizer pump may have been the cause.  Defective workmanship is suspected.  The next Progress launch is currently [...]

By | 2017-01-12T03:26:21+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments

Texas Remains Powerful Space Influence as House Appropriations, Senate Commerce Announce Subcommittee Chairs

Texas Remains Powerful Space Influence as House Appropriations, Senate Commerce Announce Subcommittee Chairs http://ift.tt/2j5GOT0 The House Appropriations Committee announced the members who will chair its 12 subcommittees today.   At the same time, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced the Republican members and chairs of its six subcommittees.  There is no change for NASA [...]

By | 2017-01-11T00:41:16+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments

SpaceX Gets Ready for Monday Iridium Launch After FAA Grants License

SpaceX Gets Ready for Monday Iridium Launch After FAA Grants License http://ift.tt/2i281ok The FAA today approved a launch license for SpaceX following its acceptance of the company's report on a September 1 incident that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and the Israeli AMOS-6 communications satellite.  The launch license allows SpaceX to proceed with the launch [...]

By | 2017-01-07T00:41:09+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments

Obama Administration Assesses Its Space Achievements in “Exit Memos”

Obama Administration Assesses Its Space Achievements in "Exit Memos" http://ift.tt/2hWNMFw President Obama directed all of his Cabinet-level appointees to prepare "exit memos" on progress made during his Administration and what needs to come next.   NASA is not a cabinet-level agency so did not have a chance to weigh in, but the White House Office of [...]

By | 2017-01-06T02:31:30+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments

White House Releases National NEO Preparedness Strategy

White House Releases National NEO Preparedness Strategy http://ift.tt/2iFe3MX The Obama White House today released a National Near Earth Object Preparedness Strategy to improve the country's preparedness to deal with the potential hazards of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) -- asteroids and comets. The report says a companion action plan is forthcoming. The report was prepared by [...]

By | 2017-01-03T20:39:16+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments

SpaceX Ready to Return to Flight on January 8 with 10 Iridium NEXT Satellites

SpaceX Ready to Return to Flight on January 8 with 10 Iridium NEXT Satellites http://ift.tt/2i2sO8S SpaceX announced today that it has completed its investigation of the September 1, 2016 incident that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its payload and is ready to resume launches.  The next launch, of 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites, is [...]

By | 2017-01-02T16:39:48+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Space Law|0 Comments