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House OKs Space Commerce Legislation; Lamar Smith Comments

House members have passed a bill that streamlines the space-based remote sensing regulatory system, modifies the implementation of international regulations in the U.S., enhances national security and simplifies regulations for space operators, among other things. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology said Tuesday the American Space Commerce Free …

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Jim Bridenstine Takes Oath as NASA Administrator

Jim Bridenstine took his official oath of office as the 13th NASA administrator at a ceremony that took place Monday at the space agency’s Washington headquarters. Vice President Mike Pence swore in Bridenstine four days after the Senate confirmed him,  NASA said Tuesday. Bridenstine told agency leaders during a video teleconference …

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SecAF Heather Wilson: Space Defense an ‘Urgent’ National Priority

Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service branch is developing concepts and technologies designed to counter adversarial threats to U.S. military space assets and operations. In a Fox News opinion piece published Monday, Wilson wrote that the government should continue working with its allies to increase collective …

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Rep. Brian Babin Introduces NASA Authorization Proposal

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Space Subcommittee, has introduced a bill that calls NASA to further coordinate with commercial partners in issues about space, SpaceNews reported Friday. The proposed legislation called NASA Authorization Act of 2018 will allot nearly $21 million for the space agency in …

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Jim Green to become NASA chief scientist in May

Jim Green, director of the planetary science division at NASA’s science mission director, has been appointed chief scientist at the space agency in a move that takes effect May 1. He will succeed the retiring Gale Allen, who has served as acting chief scientist since 2016, and will act as …

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NOAA Moves to Expedite Remote Sensing Tech Review Process

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office has moved to accelerate its licensing process for commercial Earth imaging systems, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The expedited process was partly driven by a 2017 agreement among the departments of Commerce, State, Defense and Interior and the Office of the …

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