Archive: Space

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Senate OKs Rep. Bridenstine To Lead NASA

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as NASA’s 13th administrator April 19, ending a months-long stalemate over his controversial nomination. The 50-49 party-line vote came a day after the Senate voted, 50-48, to limit debate on the nomination. It also came three days after Vice President Mike Pence, while speaking at the […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

DoD’s Griffin Eyes Using Directed Energy For Space-Based Missile Defense

Pentagon technology chief Michael Griffin said April 17 that he wants to field a megawatt-class, directed energy (DE) device in space by the late 2020s to protect the United States against hostile long-range missiles. And “within a few years,” he wants to have a 100-kilowatt-class laser that can be deployed on an Army Stryker vehicle […]

Vice President Mike Pence (White House photo)

White House Finalizing New Policy On Space Traffic Management

The Trump administration is putting the finishing touches on a new space traffic management policy designed to protect U.S. national security and commercial spacecraft amid growing congestion in space, Vice President Mike Pence announced April 16. The National Space Council, which Pence chairs, will soon send the proposed policy to President Donald Trump for his […]

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Boeing, BAE, Rolls-Royce Invest In U.K. Hypersonic Engine Company

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday evening said its venture arm has made an investment in a small British company that is developing hypersonic propulsion technology for aircraft and rockets. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment in Reaction Engines is part of a $37.3 million funding round that includes Britain’s Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. BAE in 2015 also […]

A launch of an Atlas V rocket. Photo: United Launch Alliance

Air Force To Launch Communications Relay Satellite

The U.S. Air Force announced April 6 that it plans to launch a new communications-relay satellite as part of a multi-payload mission later this month. The Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) satellite, which is intended for geosynchronous orbit, will continuously relay data from existing military communications satellites to support senior leaders and combatant commanders, Air […]

Illustration of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. Photo: NASA.

NASA Delays Webb Telescope Launch Again To 2020

NASA announced another delay Tuesday for its $8.8 billion James Webb Telescope Project (JWST), pushing back the potential launch date to May 2020 following continued integration and testing issues. Problems with the massive telescope’s propulsion system and sunshield capabilities have forced NASA program officials to increase oversight of prime contractor Northrop Grumman [NOC]  integration & […]

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House Panel OKs Bills To Aid Space Industry

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has approved two bills aimed at supporting the rocket propulsion and space support industries. One bill, proposed by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), would designate NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as the agency’s lead center for rocket propulsion, including the development of new technology.  Such a designation […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

House Lawmakers Urge Senate Vote On NASA Administrator Nominee

More than 60 House members have signed a letter to Senate leaders urging them to schedule a vote on the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator. The letter, led by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science Committee’s space panel, says that confirmation of a new NASA head is […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

DoD Laying Groundwork For Faster Action In Space, General Says

The Department of Defense is trying to speed up the fielding of new space capabilities, but it is too early to say whether that effort will bear fruit, the head of U.S. Strategic Command said March 20. DoD and the Air Force have both assembled teams of leaders who believe in moving more quickly in […]

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (Army photo)

DoD Taking Fresh Look At Proposed Space Corps

The Department of Defense, which opposed a congressional proposal last year to create a space corps within the Air Force Department, is taking another look at the idea, according to a DoD official. The examination is part of a broader, congressionally mandated review of options that Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is leading to ensure […]