Trump Wants NASA to Visit Europa and Outer Solar System (Source: Inquisitr)
Neither candidate spoke much about space during the 2016 election, but
just before Trump was elected president, he outlined a plan for NASA to
move from an Earth-monitoring agency to one devoted to exploration.
When Obama took office, he told NASA to ditch the plan to revisit the
moon and concentrate on sending humans to Mars in the 2030s, but Trump
has set the space agency only one goal.
The president-elect wants NASA to explore the furthest reaches of the
solar system by the end of the century, according to Space Policy
Online. “I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as
a logistics agency for low Earth orbit activity… Instead we will
refocus its mission on space exploration.” Click here.
Defense Committees Stay Largely Intact
With Election (Source: Law360)
The election will bring little change to the makeup of the
congressional defense committees, meaning lawmakers are likely to
continue to push existing policy priorities such as a larger military
and increased defense spending, areas where they should find common
ground with President-elect Donald Trump. (11/14)
Next Steps for Space Policy
(Source: Space Review)
To the surprise of many, Donald Trump won the presidential election
last week, and is now ramping up his transition effort. Jeff Foust
reports on what that means for space policy, including who could be the
next NASA administrator. Click here.
Anthropological Reflections on Space
Colonization (Source: Space Review)
Discussions of space settlement often focus on the technical issues to
sustain a human presence beyond Earth. Babak Shakouri Hassanabadi notes
that anthropological issues can’t be ignored if human settlements are
to thrive. Click here.
A World Tour of reusable Launch
Vehicle Efforts (Source: Space Review)
While the efforts of Blue Origin and SpaceX to develop reusable launch
vehicles are well known, they’re not the only RLV programs in the
world. Antoine Meunier discusses projects in Europe and Asia to develop
reusable launchers. Click here.
Negotiating a Launch Contract for a
Mishap (Source: Space Review)
The recent Falcon 9 pad accident is a reminder that launch failures are
still a part of the space business, and will remain so for the
foreseeable future. Anirudh Rastogi and Kshetragya Nath Singh examine
the contractual issues that take such failures into account. Click here.
JAXA-Oriented Home-Stay Program
Brightens Future of Tanegashima Town (Source: Japan Times)
An aerospace-focused home-stay program for elementary school students
has revitalized the small town in Kagoshima Prefecture that hosts
Japan’s space program, drawing children from across the nation to an
area where depopulation has skewed demographics heavily toward the
elderly. With a population of around 6,000, Minamitane on Tanegashima
Island began the program in 1996 to boost the economy and increase the
population of school-age children. (11/14)
NASA Announces 2017 Test for Flight
Deck Interval Management (Source: Aviation Today)
NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the aviation industry are
working together to develop and test new technologies that will assist
with more precise aircraft scheduling and airport arrivals. The
NASA-developed Flight Deck Interval Management will be tested as part
of the agency's Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration in
Trump Space Policy To Aim For Mars And
Beyond (Source: Forbes)
Will a brash, plain-spoken billionaire finally push Congress off the
dime and get NASA astronauts back to the Moon and on to the surface of
Mars? Or will soon-to-be President Donald J. Trump relegate American
space policy to yet another decade of largely empty sloganeering?
Past administrations tended to use space exploration catchphrases to
give them a vision statement, but then failed to follow through on
their promises. Thus, what can we expect from a Trump Administration —
in terms of colonizing the Moon; sending humans to Mars; and developing
commercial interests in space? Click here.
What’s the Worst Thing That Could
Happen to NASA Under Trump’s Presidency? (Source: SpaceFlight
A Trump presidency, often joked about and derided, is now a reality.
With Donald Trump often described as the “ultimate outsider”, what
should, or rather, what shouldn’t the president-elect do regarding
space policy? While many analysts have laid out what the agency should
expect from Trump, what the newly minted leader of the free world
should avoid has not been discussed.
Oddly enough, the greatest concern for NASA is that Trump might behave
just as President Barack Obama did when he was elected into office
eight years ago. Candidate Obama promised to support NASA’s efforts,
claiming he was one of the agency’s biggest fans and even co-opted the
space agency’s crewed program-of-record at that time (Constellation)
when he used the phrase, “Moon, Mars and beyond.” Click here.
Firefly Gains Letters of Intent From
Potential Customers (Source: Firefly)
Firefly Space Systems, the Texas-based developer of dedicated launch
vehicles for the small satellite market, announced today it has
received letters of intent (LOI) in excess of projected launch capacity
through 2021. "The support from established and newspace satellite
manufacturers following our recent announcement of financial
difficulties has been tremendous. These LOI’s demonstrate the market
demand for the small satellite launch product that Firefly is
developing,” said Firefly co-Founder and CEO Dr. Thomas Markusic.
Firefly received LOI’s for 42 launches through the end of 2021, valued
at over $300M. An additional 35 launches valued at over $280M have been
requested through 2025. A total of 9 customers have submitted LOI’s to
Firefly for future launches. “Our customers’ needs reflect the
increasing market demand for small satellite launch capacity. They have
unanimously encouraged Firefly to continue development of the Firefly
Alpha vehicle as a critical component in the overall success of the
emerging newspace industry,” added Markusic. (11/14)