A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest:
- NASA lunar program:
- Europa mission
- Management for NASA’s Europa Mission – NASA Inspector General (pdf)
- NASA IG Warns on Europa Clipper, Lander Costs and Schedules – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Inspector general report warns of cost and schedule problems for Europa Clipper – SpaceNews.com
- NASA IG finds both Europa missions a mess – Behind The Black
NASA estimates flying Europa Clipper on SpaceX Falcon Heavy “would save approximately $700 million” compared to SLS.
— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) May 29, 2019
- Trump space:
- NASA commercial partnerships:
- US states space:
- Commercial Crew Program:
- US military space:
- Experts Warn Space Force Rhetoric Risks Backfiring – Breaking Defense
- Congress says ‘not so fast’ to speed-obsessed Space Development Agency – SpaceNews.com
- Future narrowband satellite capability to transfer to Air Force – U.S. Air Force
- Navy to transfer satellite communications responsibilities to Air Force – SpaceNews.com
- Chinese space:
- Japanese space:
- Indian space:
- Russian space:
- Russian space sector plagued by astronomical corruption – AFP/Phys.org
- Losses from Roscosmos emergency launches in 2010-2018 reach $541.83 mln – TASS
- Russia starts preparations for launch of Soyuz-2.1b rocket from Vostochny spaceport – TASS
- Roscosmos to spend over 259 bln rubles on space launches in 2019-2021 – Interfax
- How Russia (yes, Russia) plans to land cosmonauts on the Moon by 2030 | Ars Technica
- UK space:
NSSL, LSA, OMG! Last week, SpaceX filed a lawsuit against the US Air Force over the Launch Service Agreement development contracts. We’re mere months away from bids being due for the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 launch contracts, so I figured now would be a good time to take a step back to explain what these programs are, why they matter, and why SpaceX is filing this lawsuit at this moment in time.
** The Space Show – Tue, 05/28/2019 – James Donovan talked about his new book, Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11, and about “space policy, returning to the Moon, lessons learned, space and humanity plus more”.
This year’s Humans to Mars Summit in Washington D.C., once again ended with a panel of Martian all-stars talking about their hopes for a future that includes the Red Planet. Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan leads the inspiring and entertaining discussion. Emily Lakdawalla shows us the beautiful, sunlit clouds of Mars, while this week’s What’s Up segment gives Mat the job of singing the answer to our latest space trivia quiz.