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Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Photo: NASA.

More Delays In NASA Space Missions Won’t Be Tolerated, House Panel Says

The House Appropriations Committee is warning NASA that lawmakers will not put up with further delays in the agency’s space-exploration missions. In a new report explaining the fiscal year 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, the committee expresses concern that the delays have occurred despite “record investments” in NASA.  “These slips are intolerable and must not continue,” the committee […]

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, head of Air Force Materiel Command (Air Force photo)

Air Force Poring Over Maintenance Data To Help Prevent Plane Mishaps

Spurred by a recent rash of fatal military aviation mishaps, the U.S. Air Force has ordered a review of its maintenance efforts to ensure it is not missing any harbingers of future accidents. In a May 9 memorandum, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the head of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in […]

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House Prepares For Floor Debate On Defense Authorization Bill

The House Rules Committee has set a May 17 deadline for representatives to submit amendments that they want to propose when the full House debates the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill (H.R. 5515) later this month. The $717 billion bill, which the House Armed Services Committee passed last week (Defense Daily, May 10), is […]

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Air Force Might Seek Bids For Light-Attack Aircraft In Fall

A U.S. Air Force competition to buy light-attack aircraft might formally begin in as few as five months, according to an industry source. The service has told aircraft manufacturers that it expects to issue a request for proposals as early as October, the source said May 14. A contract award for up to several hundred […]

Bridenstine Takes Reins Of NASA

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) formally became NASA’s 13th administrator April 23, four days after his controversial nomination narrowly cleared the Senate. During a swearing-in ceremony at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., Bridenstine paid homage to several of his early and recent predecessors and pledged to build on their work.  “I will do my best […]

House OKs Bill To Create One-Stop Shop For Commercial Space Activity

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would create a “one-stop shop” in the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce to authorize private-sector space activity, including exploration and remote sensing. The House passed the proposed American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act (H.R. 2809) by voice vote April 24. The bill now heads to the […]

DARPA Sees Strong Interest In Competition To Spur Rapid Space Launches

More than 20 teams have indicated they might participate in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA’s) Launch Challenge, a competition designed to promote rapid access to space for the Department of Defense, the agency said May 7. During the challenge, which is slated for late 2019, each participant will be expected to launch a […]

Moon Efforts Won’t Hurt Mars Goal, NASA Head Says

The Trump administration’s new push to return humans to the Moon will not come at the expense of efforts to send American astronauts to Mars, according to NASA’s new leader. While NASA recently released a draft solicitation seeking industry help in sending payloads to the Moon, that step should not be interpreted as a sign […]

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (NASA photo)

Moon Efforts Won’t Hurt Mars Goal, NASA Head Says

The Trump administration’s new push to return humans to the Moon will not come at the expense of efforts to send American astronauts to Mars, according to NASA’s new leader. While NASA recently released a draft solicitation seeking industry help in sending payloads to the Moon, that step should not be interpreted as a sign […]