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Senate Hearing on Commercial Space, June 20, 2012

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 20-Jun-2012 (Updated: 20-Jun-2012 06:22 PM)

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the June 20, 2012 Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Science and Space hearing on commercial space was published on June 20.   Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), chairman of the subcommittee, John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the subcommittee, and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), ranking member of the full committee were present.  Witnesses were:

  • Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations
  • Pamela Melroy, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (and a former NASA astronaut)
  • Gerald Dillingham, Government Accountability Office
  • Michael Gold, Bigelow Aerospace
  • Michael Lopez-Alegria, Commercial Spaceflight Federation (and a former NASA astronaut)

House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee Hearing on FY2013 NASA Budget Request: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 25-Mar-2012 (Updated: 25-Mar-2012 11:14 PM)

On March 21, 2012, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on NASA’s FY2013 budget request.  These SpacePolicyOnline.com hearing notes were originally published on March 21, 2012 on SpacePolicyOnline.com under the title “House Appropriators Fight for Planetary Science.”

House SS&T Hearing on FAA Space Office's FY2013 Budget Request: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 25-Mar-2012 (Updated: 25-Mar-2012 06:40 PM)

On March 20, 2012, the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on the FY2013 budget request for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates and facilitates commercial launch services.  These SpacePolicyOnline.com hearing notes were originally published on March 23, 2012 under the title “Safety First House Authorizers Tell FAA Space Office."

House SS&T Committee Hearing on NOAA's FY2013 Budget Request: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 25-Mar-2012 (Updated: 25-Mar-2012 06:24 PM)

The Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on March 6, 2012 on the FY2013 budget requests for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency.   These SpacePolicyOnline.com hearing notes about the NOAA portion of the hearing were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on March 8, 2012 under the title “Rep. Harris Disappointed in NOAA Budget Priorities, Irritated at Lack of Documentation.”

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on NOAA's FY2013 Budget Request: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 25-Mar-2012 (Updated: 25-Mar-2012 06:07 PM)

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard held a hearing on the FY2013 budget requests for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Coast Guard on March 7, 2012.   These SpacePolicyOnline.com hearing notes cover the portion of the hearing that dealt with NOAA, which is part of the Department of Commerce and were published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on March 9, 2012 under the title “Sen. Rockefeller “Appalled” at Obama Proposal to Move NOAA to Interior.”

SASC Subcommittee Hearing on FY2013 Military Space Activities: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 25-Mar-2012 (Updated: 25-Mar-2012 05:47 PM)

The Senate Armed Services Committee's Srategic Forces subcommittee held a hearing on March 21, 2012 on the FY2013 budget request for military space programs.  These SpacePolicyOnline.com hearing notes were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on March 23, 2012 under the title “Senators Cool to Space Code of Conduct; GAO Praises DOD on Acquisition Progress.” 

Senate and House Hearings on NASA's FY2013 Budget Request: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes from the Two Hearings

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 11-Mar-2012 (Updated: 11-Mar-2012 07:59 PM)

On March 7, 2012, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden appeared before two different committees to discuss NASA’s FY2013 budget request. The morning hearing was before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.  The afternoon hearing was before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. This SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the consecutive hearings was published on March 7 under the title “Congress Still Concerned About SLS Versus Commercial Crew.”

House Hearing on FY2013 Request for Research and Development, Feb. 17, 2012: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 19-Feb-2012 (Updated: 19-Feb-2012 05:04 PM)
On February 17, 2012, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on President Obama's FY2013 budget request for research and development, including NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which operates the nation's civil weather satellites.  These SpacePolicyOnline.com hearing notes were originally published on February 19 under the title "House Committee Members Argue Against Cuts to Mars Exploration, Weather Satellites."

LightSquared and GPS: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes from a February 2012 House Hearing

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 09-Feb-2012 (Updated: 09-Feb-2012 03:56 PM)
The Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on February 8, 2012 on "A Review of Issues Associated with Protecting and Improving our Nation’s Aviation Satellite-Based Global Positioning System Infrastructure."   This SpacePolicyOnline.com recap of the hearing originally appeared as an article on SpacePolicyOnline.com on February 8 under the title "LightSquared Gets Pounded Again at Another Congressional Hearing."

House Hearing on Export Controls, February 7, 2012: SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Notes

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 08-Feb-2012 (Updated: 08-Feb-2012 09:17 AM)
The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on February 7, 2012 on Export Controls, Arms Sales and Reform: Balancing U.S. Interests, Part II.   This SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the hearing originally appeared as an article on SpacePolicyOnline.com on February 7 under the title "AIA:  U.S. Lost Thousands of Jobs, Billions of Dollars Because of Export Law."