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Elliot Pulham

6 hours 51 min ago
Keith's update: Former Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham died the other day. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in September and had emergency surgery. Elliot was only 62. Details to follow. Ad astra Elliot.... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Looking Backward And Forward In Space

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:03
No, human space exploration is not a dead end, op ed, Marillyn Hewson (Locheed Martin), Washington Post "For Post columnist David Von Drehle, NASA's renewed focus on human space exploration is "unnecessary" and "a dead end." I fundamentally disagree with... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Lyft Me To The Moon

Thu, 2017-10-12 23:52
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Russia Is Flying Something Odd On Progress MS-07

Thu, 2017-10-12 21:05
Why Does Russia Have a Secret ISS Experiment?, Popular Mechanics "Russia's seven-ton Progress MS-07 tanker will be carrying a secret, a previously unseen instrument attached to the exterior front section of the spacecraft. NASA has no idea what it is.... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Ignoring Half Of The Potential Space Traveling Population

Thu, 2017-10-12 10:43
Only 3 of 34 speakers at @ISPCS International Symposium for Personal & Commercial Spaceflight are female https://t.co/OnhRzQykjq #ISPCS2017 pic.twitter.com/IEyKVmkoS1— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) October 12, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Pence Makes A Surprise Visit To Mojave

Tue, 2017-10-10 21:22
.@VP @secondlady and @GOPLeader inspect cabin for new spaceship @virgingalactic #Mojave pic.twitter.com/jFYroWMJLU— TheSpaceshipCompany (@TheSpaceshipCo) October 11, 2017 Ret Lieutenant Colonel/our pilot Kelly Latimer with @VP during #Mojave visit @TheSpaceshipCo @GOPLeader pic.twitter.com/hZOTCfGPPw— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 11, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Modifying A Modified Mobile Launcher That Will Be Used Once

Tue, 2017-10-10 11:42
Citing safety, NASA panel advises building a new, costly mobile launcher, Ars Technica (link fixed) "A 2012 report from NASA's inspector general estimated the costs of building a new mobile launcher then at $122 million, but a new structure expressly... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Jay Greene

Tue, 2017-10-10 09:53
Condolences to friends and family of former FIDO and Flight Director Jay Greene, who died Sunday. He appeared briefly in @missionmovie. pic.twitter.com/szsgqiciPv— Rick Houston (@RickHouston73) October 9, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

National Space Council Meeting Summaries

Mon, 2017-10-09 16:20
Council Meeting Signals High Level Administration Interest In Space, Space Policy Online "Pence indicated the Council will meet again in 45 days to review all those efforts, hence the deadline. That's a challenging goal, but conveys a sense of urgency... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

The Planetary Society is For And Against Human Spaceflight

Mon, 2017-10-09 14:06
The mission to Mars is one stupid leap for mankind, op ed, Washington Post "Still, a human traveler to Mars should make the most of its airless monotony, because there is no coming back. The long passage through the vacuum... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Keith on the SpaceQ Podcast

Mon, 2017-10-09 10:48
This past week I interviewed Keith on the SpaceQ podcast. We discussed Jim Bridenstine and NASA, Elon Musk and SpaceX, and Lockheed Martin and Mars. You can subscribe to the podcast using your favourite podcast app (iOS and Android). For... Marc Boucher https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=1

Climate Scientists Are Still Going to Give Bridenstine A Hard Time

Sun, 2017-10-08 20:46
Would Jim Bridenstine Be a Down to Earth NASA Administrator?, Union of Concerned Scientists "Let's get right to it. Understanding the dynamics of our Earth, including disasters like hurricanes and droughts, has never seemed more important. As if on cue,... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Bread Cast Upon The Waters

Thu, 2017-10-05 18:23
Keith's note: You probably saw my complaints about not being credentialed for the National Space Council meeting today. Well, the Vice President's office called late this afternoon to apologize for the fact that I had not been credentialed. They... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA's Management Of Space Parts For Its Flight Projects

Thu, 2017-10-05 17:11
NASA OIG: NASA's Management Of Space Parts For Its Flight Projects, OIG "While NASA Centers are required to use SMS to track their supply and material inventory, we found that five of nine are instead using stand-alone inventory control systems... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

GAO Looks At Moving FAA CST To DOT

Thu, 2017-10-05 17:09
FAA: Stakeholders' Perspectives on Potentially Moving the Office of Commercial Space Transportation, GAO "Representatives from commercial space launch companies and spaceports GAO interviewed described advantages and disadvantages of moving the Office of Commercial Space Transportation to the Office of the... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Take Home Message From The National Space Council Meeting

Thu, 2017-10-05 14:50
Right now @Boeing @LockheedMartin and @OrbitalATK are telling the National Space Council how nimble and creative they are #NSpC pic.twitter.com/lcEFggsxcQ— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) October 5, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

National Space Council Meeting: Scripted And Predictable

Thu, 2017-10-05 12:58
In summary this National Space Council event was totally scripted and designed to make whatever the Vice President said sound good. #NSpC— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) October 5, 2017 Big Aerospace companies at National Space Council fully expect to keep getting... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Yet Another Call To Go Back To The Moon and On To Mars

Wed, 2017-10-04 23:11
America Will Return to the Moon--and Go Beyond, Op Ed, Mike Pence, Wall Street Journal "We will refocus America's space program toward human exploration and discovery. That means launching American astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972.... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

National Space Council Meeting (Update)

Wed, 2017-10-04 21:58
Keith's 5 Oct update: The Vice President's office just called to apologize for me not getting credentialed for today's National Space Council meeting. They were very nice and, as happens with large events here in DC, my name fell... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Waiting For Bridenstine

Wed, 2017-10-04 09:58
Keith's note: No word yet as to when the confirmation hearing for NASA Administrator nominee Rep. James Bridenstine will be held. There has been no change to this nomination status page for Bridenstine - nor is there any update... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2