SpaceX to get lobbying help from former U.S. Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux

By Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times  – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Senators Trent Lott, R-Miss. and U.S. Sen. John Breaux, D-La. have signed on to lobby on behalf of commercial space transportation company SpaceX, the Legal Times is reporting.

The pair are part of the Patton Boggs lobbying firm hired to assist the company.

The story also notes […]

SpaceX poised to make history with space station docking


Hawthorne-based commercial space venture SpaceX is set to send its Dragon space capsule to dock with the $100-billion International Space Station — a feat that’s been accomplished only by the world’s wealthiest nations.

NASA announced Friday that the private company, formally named Space Exploration Technologies Corp., will aim to launch its 18-story Falcon 9 rocket Feb. […]

NASA Sets Feb. 7 Target for SpaceX To Launch to Station

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is scheduled to launch its Dragon space capsule to the international space station Feb. 7 in a flight demonstration that would clear the way for the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company to begin regular cargo runs to the orbital outpost.

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced the launch target Dec. […]

Launch Costs Could Put a Damper on NASA Earth Science Missions

By Debra Werner

Michael Freilich. Credit: Space News photo by Rob Curtis

SAN FRANCISCO — NASA’s Earth Science Division will be able to launch two missions per year under its current budget outlook if the agency can find reliable, affordable rides into orbit for those spacecraft, said Michael Freilich, the division’s director.

But Freilich acknowledged […]

NASA Fleshes Out SLS Development Schedule

By Frank Morring, Jr., Jefferson Morris Marshall Space Flight Center, Washington

Struggling to stay within a flat budget for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), NASA plans to halt development of the J-2X rocket engine that will power its upper stage after the ongoing development-test series.

Once the pacing item for the defunct Ares I […]

Interview: NASA’s New Rules for Manned Private Spaceflight

By Joe Pappalardo

Our report on NASA’s new contract detailing the rules for crew-carrying spacecraft features the insights of Philip McAlister, director of NASA’s Commercial Spaceflight Development. Here, we offer the full transcript of our Oct. 12 interview with McAlister, in which he details how NASA is trying to change the way it does business. (Light […]

Is This NASA Document Saving or Killing Manned Private Spaceflight?

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft.

By Joe Pappalardo

NASA, which wants to send its astronauts aboard privately built spacecraft, recently released the first draft of a document detailing how it would ensure those ships are safe. The contract is a tome of legalese, but buried inside the hundreds of pages are provisions that have […]

U.S. Needs Near-term Results in Human Space Exploration

Next January will see the eighth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), which set the nation on a renewed course to send Americans to explore beyond Earth orbit.

Eight years — that’s about how long it took from John Kennedy’s lunar landing challenge in 1961 to the […]

NASA’s Associate Administrator For Science Ed Weiler To Retire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Ed Weiler, who has worked almost 33 years as a leader in NASA’s science exploration programs, will retire from the agency effectiveSept. 30.

Weiler most recently served as the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at agency Headquarters in Washington, directing a variety of research and science programs in Earth science, heliophysics, […]

Obama Administration: Lost in Space

by Jason Killian Meath

Astronauts are stranded on the space station. America’s once-mighty Space Shuttle fleet has been disassembled and mothballed with nothing to replace it. The Russians, once the inferior player in the space race, is the only hope left to rescue the stranded astronauts. No, this isn’t the treatment to a B-list summer movie […]