The first launch of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on the first mission not relating to a NASA initiative, will have to wait a bit longer. Liftoff of the Cassiope communications satellite on the highly successful F9 launch vehicle has been pushed back five days, from Sept. 5 to Sept. 10.
The launch window extends two hours, opening at 4 p.m. GMT and closing two hours later at 6 p.m. GMT (12-2 p.m. EDT and 9-11 a.m. PDT).
Cassiope is a communications satellite owned by MacDonald Detwiller & Associates Inc. Upon reaching orbit it will assist as part of a digital broadcast courier service and study Earth’s ionosphere.
See on www.americaspace.com
David Davidson is a 70-year-old retired optometrist, married with three grown children, and living in suburban Washington, DC. Like many people his age, he’s considering a move, not to some retirement community in Florida or Arizona but instead to some place a little more distant. Okay, a lot more distant. “I figure I’ll have about 20 good years on Mars,” he says.
See on medium.com
With only six weeks left in FY2013, Congress and the Obama Administration finally reached agreement on NASA’s FY2013 operating plan that details how the agency will spend the money appropriated by Congress. Although the agency was subject to across-the-board cuts of about 7 percent that were to be applied proportionately to all its activities, at least two projects were spared those cuts — the commercial crew program and the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA has not released the operating plan to the public, but provided account and sub-account totals to SpacePolicyOnline.com at our request. We have updated our fact sheets on NASA’s FY2013 budget request and FY2014 budget request accordingly.
See on www.spacepolicyonline.com
In a call with reporters today, the founder and the current head of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., painted a bleak picture for the future of NASA’s manned spaceflight program based on its current direction. Their comments came on the eve of Congressional authorization for the space agency’s budget.
“The sense of drift or the sense of lack of consensus is still fairly serious” Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute, said of the political debate over NASA’s course. Pace, who previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation, was joined in a press conference today by John Logsdon, professor emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and founder of the Space Policy Institute.
See on www.popularmechanics.com
NASA’s human spaceflight program is destined to limp forward or even fizzle out unless political leaders can finally agree on a long-term plan for where and how humans should explore space, two policy experts said Thursday.
“What you’re seeing in the current debate over priorities really is the residual of 40 years of failure to reach consensus on what the U.S. should be doing on space, and particularly in human spaceflight,” said John Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University.
“We’re currently in a very, very fragile situation, particularly as it regards human spaceflight,” added Scott Pace, a professor and director of the same university’s Space Policy Institute. “It is not at all inevitable that human spaceflight will continue as we look in the years ahead.”
See on www.floridatoday.com
George Washington University (GWU) space policy experts John Logsdon and Scott Pace agree NASA is adrift today, particularly with regard to the human spaceflight program, and blame the White House for a lack of leadership.
Speaking in a teleconference this morning, the two veteran observers of and participants in U.S. space policy offered their views on NASA’s past, present and future. Pace has a long career in and out of government, including high ranking positions at NASA and the White House under Republican Administrations and was a top NASA official under the George W. Bush administration. Today he is Director of GWU’s Space Policy Institute.
Logsdon is considered the “dean” of space policy and published his first book on President John F. Kennedy’s decision to go the Moon in 1970. A GWU professor since that era, he founded the Space Policy Institute and is now a professor emeritus there. He recently authored a new book about Kennedy’s role in the Apollo program and is now writing one on President Richard Nixon’s post-Apollo decisions.
See on www.spacepolicyonline.com
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2), slated to become the world’s first commercial manned spacecraft, is undergoing rigorous testing at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port. Christened “VSS Enterprise”, the first in Virgin Galactic’s planned fleet of suborbital spaceplanes is scheduled to complete its first space flight in December, leading to an eventual debut with commercial passengers.
Developed from the historic advancements made by the world’s first manned private spacecraft SpaceShipOne (SS1), SpaceShipTwo (SS2) aims to make space tourism more accessible and affordable.
See on www.nasaspaceflight.com