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NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen Orders Design Modification Study for WFIRST Space Telescope

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the NASA‘s Science Mission Directorate, has urged the Goddard Space Flight Center to study potential design changes on the agency’s future space observatory to address the results of an independent review. The design modification study is intended to reduce the cost and complexity of the Wide Field Infrared Survey …

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IG: NASA CIO Lacks IT Spending Authority, Visibility

NASA‘s office of inspector general has urged the space agency to address the chief information officer’s limited control and visibility over information technology investments. The OIG said in a report published Thursday that the decentralized and autonomous nature of operations across NASA mission directorates and centers restrict the OCIO’s oversight …

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FAA Drafts Plan to Regulate Additive Manufacturing of Aerospace Components

The Federal Aviation Administration has created a roadmap to address a growing use of additive manufacturing processes across the aerospace sector from a regulatory standpoint, Space News reported Friday. FAA sent a draft version of its Additive Manufacturing Strategic Roadmap to the agency management team for evaluation and the document suggests production, …

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GAO: NASA Faces Human Spaceflight Program Oversight Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that Congress consider instructing  NASA to implement strategies to address challenges related to oversight of three human spaceflight programs. GAO said in a report published Thursday that although NASA’s current approach to integrate its Space Launch System, Orion spacecraft and supporting ground systems offer some advantages, …

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USAF Sec. Heather Wilson’s POC Event Keynote Pushes for More Resources to Elevate Space Domain

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has emphasized during her keynote speech at a forum hosted by Executive Mosaic‘s Potomac Officers Club that the U.S. needs to establish readiness for potential conflict in the space domain. The service branch said Wednesday Wilson called for increased resources and flexibility in procurement in order to …

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NASA, Boeing Develop In-Orbit Payload Housing Platform

NASA‘s Marshall Space Flight Center and Boeing have collaborated to develop an in-orbit storage platform for payloads built to support scientific research efforts aboard the International Space Station. ISS currently houses multiple science payloads in eight shelving units dubbed EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station Racks and outfitted …

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GAO: DOE Faces Challenges in Plutonium Production for Future NASA Missions

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says the Energy Department is facing challenges in the production of new plutonium isotopes meant to power certain NASA space missions, Space News reported Tuesday. The report said there is enough plutonium-238 in stockpiles for NASA missions scheduled through the mid-2020s, but technical issues hamper …

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