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Odd Hearings Ahead On Webb Space Telescope Problems

Wed, 2018-07-18 21:22
Keith's note: Next week there will be an unusual pair of hearings - same committee, same topic, but a different witness lineup. Have a look: Panel 1 - Wednesday July 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Hon. Jim Bridenstine, administrator,... Keith Cowing

Lunar Gateway: China Has Other Ideas

Wed, 2018-07-18 19:39
Chinese space official seems unimpressed with NASA's lunar gateway, Ars Technica "Another slide from [CNSA's Pei Zhaoyu] offered some thoughts on the gateway concept, which NASA intends to build out during the 2020s, delaying a human landing on the Moon... Keith Cowing

Big Announcement at KSC With Pence?

Wed, 2018-07-18 19:37
Mike Pence will visit Cape Canaveral next month for a big space update, Orlando Weekly "Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral next month to announce the first astronaut crews under NASA's Commercial Crew... Keith Cowing

NASA Might Launch From The UK

Wed, 2018-07-18 18:48
UK spaceports: NASA could launch satellites from new bases, Sky News "Jim Bridenstine, who was appointed as NASA's administrator by US president Donald Trump earlier this year, said the UK government's plans for new spaceports open new opportunities. "We are... Keith Cowing

Blue Origin Makes Space Travel Seem Routine

Wed, 2018-07-18 11:15
Keith's note: Flawless 9th flight for BlueOrigin. If only airlines operated like this. Watch a replay. Flawless 9th flight for @BlueOrigin. If only airlines operated like this. #blueorigin #NewShepard— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 18, 2018... Keith Cowing

More Flying Rich People Will Soon Fly Into Space. Yawn.

Wed, 2018-07-18 09:41
Exciting that companies will soon put customers into space. But when ticket prices exceed the average cost of a 4 year college education or a family's house only rich people are going to be buying tickets. What about the... Keith Cowing

More Turmoil At The Space Foundation

Tue, 2018-07-17 14:29
Update from @SpaceFoundation Long time (12+ year) employee Brendan Curry is out as VP of DC operations. Sources report that former @NASA PAO AA @JenRaeWang (Trump appointee) is his replacement. Stay tuned. #MoreDrama— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 17, 2018... Keith Cowing

Some Tweets Just Beg To Be Answered

Mon, 2018-07-16 21:49
Yea but @NASA won't be using this reusable Ar-22 engine. @DARPA will use it on Phantom Express. Alas, #NASA spent a billion dollars to make a reusable Shuttle engine disposable. Go figure.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 16, 2018... Keith Cowing

Northrop Grumman's Webb Space Telescope Charm Offensive

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:29
Keith's note: Northrop Grumman has a big Webb Space Telescope Charm offense underway. Their ads are everywhere. First they took out that huge $200,000 full page ad in the Washington Post. Now they have a companion website using this... Keith Cowing

When Big Aerospace Funds Its Own Outside Sources

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:26
The Air Force's $10000 toilet cover, Washington Post "Loren Thompson, a defense consultant who works for the Lexington Institute, a think tank that gets funding from defense contractors, said he is worried the military will be unable to buy next-generation... Keith Cowing

Israel Is Not Done With Space Yet

Sat, 2018-07-14 12:34
Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon tragically died on the Columbia Space Shuttle. His widow, Rona, honored his memory by creating a foundation that is inspiring and educating young adults and students across Israel. It was such an honor to meet this... Keith Cowing

NASA and Israel Reaffirm Cooperation in Space

Thu, 2018-07-12 19:08
Today, I signed a Joint Statement with @ILSpaceAgency director reaffirming @NASA's strong interest in strengthening cooperation between our two space agencies. With the support of international partners like Israel, we can achieve great things for humankind!— Jim Bridenstine... Keith Cowing

NASA Deputy Administrator Nominee Is James Morhard

Thu, 2018-07-12 16:45
James Morhard of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. #NASA @NASA— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 12, 2018 Expect an announcement of a deputy @NASA Deputy Administrator nomination shortly. It is NOT Janet Kavandi—... Keith Cowing

Clueless Webb Telescope Advertisement From Northrop Grumman

Wed, 2018-07-11 12:33
Keith's note: The following full page color advertisement by Northrop Grumman appears on page A5 of today's Washington Post (larger image). "MAKING HISTORY REQUIRES MISSION SUCCESS. Northrop Grumman is proud to lead the industry team of NASA's James Webb... Keith Cowing

NASA Has No Contingency Plan For Uninterrupted Human Access To Space

Wed, 2018-07-11 11:42
GAO: NASA Commercial Crew Program: Plan Needed to Ensure Uninterrupted Access to the International Space Station, GAO "Further delays are likely as the Commercial Crew Program's schedule risk analysis shows that the certification milestone is likely to slip. The analysis... Keith Cowing

More Semi-Stealthy NASA Presentations On Human Spaceflight

Tue, 2018-07-10 22:19
Keith's note: On 13 June 2018 NASA civil servant John Guidi, Deputy Director of the HEOMD Advanced Exploration Systems Division, participated in a FISO (Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group) telecon. The title of his presentation was "NASA's Changing... Keith Cowing

Deputy Administrator Update

Tue, 2018-07-10 13:05
Janet Kavanadi @JanetKavandi is still the odds-on favorite to be nominated to become @NASA Deputy Administrator and is the clear preferred choice of @JimBridenstine . As is always the case here in Washington lots of other names are bubbling... Keith Cowing

Dark Days Ahead For Russia's Space Program?

Mon, 2018-07-09 12:02
Russian editor: Our space program is entering the "Dark Ages", Ars Technica "As soon as next year, the United States plans to stop paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year to Russia for Soyuz seats, because it is developing... Keith Cowing

Brad Smith

Sat, 2018-07-07 18:37
NASA's Bradford Smith, tour guide for Voyager missions, dies "Bradford Smith, a NASA astronomer who interpreted the stunning images beamed back from Voyager missions, has died. Smith's wife, Diane McGregor, says he died on Tuesday at his home in Santa... Keith Cowing

Elon Musk Will Ship "Kid Mini-Sub" To Thailand In A Few Hours

Sat, 2018-07-07 17:57
Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try. Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great... Keith Cowing