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New Chinese 5-Year Space Plan Offers Few Surprises

New Chinese 5-Year Space Plan Offers Few Surprises http://ift.tt/2iD1UbJ China released its latest 5-year plan for space activities today.  While it states that China will "unremittingly" pursue the "dream" of building itself into a space power, the plan itself offers only modest goals for that period, most of which have been discussed openly for some [...]

By | 2016-12-28T08:30:24+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments

NASA Closing in on Root Cause of JWST Vibration Test Anomaly

NASA Closing in on Root Cause of JWST Vibration Test Anomaly http://ift.tt/2hlzT8r NASA is closing in on the root cause of the anomalous results produced by a December 3 vibration test on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).  Thomas Zurbuchen, the new head of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD), told SpacePolicyOnline.com that dealing with the [...]

By | 2016-12-24T04:27:36+00:00 December 24th, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments

JWST Vibration Test Results in “Anomalous Readings”

JWST Vibration Test Results in "Anomalous Readings" http://ift.tt/2hcblwC Vibration tests of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) resulted in "anomalous readings" according to NASA.  The $8 billion telescope is undergoing a series of tests in preparation for its 2018 launch. JWST is often described as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope although it will [...]

By | 2016-12-22T05:03:15+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments

State Department Legal Advisor: The Outer Space Treaty — 50 Years On

State Department Legal Advisor: The Outer Space Treaty -- 50 Years On http://ift.tt/2hnwGDW The foundational document that sets international law for conducting space activities -- the 1967 Outer Space Treaty (OST) -- is about to turn 50.  State Department Legal Advisor Brian Egan discussed the relevance of the Treaty today and its future at the [...]

By | 2016-12-15T04:32:29+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments

Root Cause of Progress MS-04 Failure Still a Mystery

Root Cause of Progress MS-04 Failure Still a Mystery http://ift.tt/2hizHTM The launch failure of Russia's Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft was due to an emergency shutdown of the third stage engine, which occurred at the same time as premature separation between the third stage and the spacecraft according to Russia's Mission Control Center.  Further details were [...]

By | 2016-12-11T14:51:32+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments

What’s Happening in Space Policy December 11-31, 2016

What's Happening in Space Policy December 11-31, 2016 http://ift.tt/2hhN1uo Here is our list of space policy events for December 11-31, 2016 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess for the rest of the year. During the Weeks Congress has completed its legislative business for the year.  Officially [...]

By | 2016-12-11T05:41:15+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments

Senate Passes NASA Authorization at Last Minute, Too Late for House Action This Year

Senate Passes NASA Authorization at Last Minute, Too Late for House Action This Year http://ift.tt/2gpS50d The Senate completed its legislative business for the 114th Congress in the early hours this morning.   In its last legislative day, it passed dozens of bills by unanimous consent, including the NASA Transition Authorization Act.  The House already has left, [...]

By | 2016-12-10T20:08:05+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments

Senate Passes CR, No Government Shutdown

Senate Passes CR, No Government Shutdown http://ift.tt/2gn7rCB The Senate just passed the second FY2017 continuing resolution that will keep the government funded through April 28, 2017.  Thus there will be no government shutdown. The House passed the CR yesterday, but the Senate vote was up in the air because two Democratic Senators wanted a longer-term [...]

By | 2016-12-10T05:02:50+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Space Law|0 Comments