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Our Hearing Summaries

Senate Hearing on Challenges and Opportunities in Human Spaceflight

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 23-Apr-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:54 PM)

The Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on April 23, 2013 on Challenges and Opportunities in Human Spaceflight.  Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Spaceflight; Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford (Ret.); and Steve Cook, Director, Space Technologies, Dynetics, were the witnesses.  The hearing addressed NASA's FY2014 budget request for human spaceflight including the new asteroid retrieval strategy to capture an asteroid, place it into lunar orbit, and send astronauts to obtain a sample.   It also looked at international cooperation in future human spaceflight missions and the role of the private sector.   SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on April 23.

House Hearing on the FY2014 Budget Request for Federal Research and Development

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 21-Apr-2013 (Updated: 21-Apr-2013 10:07 AM)
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on April 17, 2013 on the FY2014 budget request for federal research and development.  The witness was John Holdren, the President's Science Adviser and the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.   On April 18, 2013, SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the portions of the hearing that discussed NASA as well as separate comments by committee chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) the next day in an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle.

House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee Hearing on NASA Issues, March 2013

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 20-Mar-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:46 PM)
The House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee held a hearing on March 20, 2013 with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.  Ordinarily, this would be the hearing where NASA and the subcommittee discussed the budget request for the upcoming fiscal year, but the Obama Administration has not yet submitted that request.  Instead the hearing focused on subcommittee chairman Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-VA) deep concern about Chinese access to NASA facilities and information, and generally on the budget situation at NASA.   SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on March 20, 2013.

House Hearing on Space Leadership Preservation Act

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 02-Mar-2013 (Updated: 02-Mar-2013 07:17 PM)
On February 27, 2013, the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on the Space Leadership Preservation Act introduced by Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) in the 113th Congress (H.R. 823).   It is a revised version of legislation they introduced last Congress.   Both Congressmen testified at the hearing, as did A. Thomas (Tom) Young, Lockheed Martin (retired) and Elliot Pulham, CEO of The Space Foundation.   SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on March 1, 2013.

House Hearing on NASA's Strategic Direction

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 30-Dec-2012 (Updated: 30-Dec-2012 01:31 PM)

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on December 12, 2012 on NASA's future.  SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on December 14, 2012.  The hearing included testimony by Ron Sega, who was vice-chair of a National Research Council (NRC) report on NASA's Strategic Direction that was released the week prior to the hearing.   The full list of witnesses include the following:

  • Honorable Robert Walker, Wexler and Walker (former chairman of the House Science Committee)
  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Sega, former astronaut, currently University of Colorado and vice-chair of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on NASA's Strategic Direction
  • Marion Blakey, President, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, University of Michigan Space Physics Laboratory
  • Dr. Scott Pace, George Washington University

House Appropriations Hearing on Financial Misconduct at National Weather Service

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 16-Sep-2012 (Updated: 16-Sep-2012 11:19 AM)

The House Approrpriations Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) held a hearing on June 21, 2012 on financial misconduct at the National Weather Service, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that uses data from the nation's weather satellites.  SpacePolicyOnline.com published an article summarizing the hearing on June 25, 2012, with an update on June 28 adding information on subsequent action by the CJS subcommittee.   The witnesses were:

  • NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco
  • NOAA Deputy Administrator Kathryn Sullivan

House Hearing on Suborbital Launch Vehicle Market

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 04-Aug-2012 (Updated: 04-Aug-2012 10:30 AM)

The Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on The Emerging Commercial Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle market on August 1, 2012.  SpacePolicyOnline.com published an article summarizing the hearing, including the release of a report by the Tauri Group that forecasts a robust market for suborbital reusable launch vehicles (SRVs), that day.  Witnesses were:

  • Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
  • Alan Stern, Chairman, Suborbital Applications Researchers Group
  • George Whitesides, CEO and President, Virgin Galactic
  • Bretton Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
  • Andrew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, XCOR Aerospace
  • Stephan McCandliess, Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University

House Hearing on Benefits of NASA-Derived Techologies, July 12, 2012: A SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Summary

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 12-Jul-2012 (Updated: 12-Jul-2012 05:38 PM)

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a congressional hearing on the economic benefits of NASA-derived technologies on July 12, 2012.   SpacePolicyOnline.com published an article summarziing the hearing that day.  Witnesses were:

  • Mason Peck, NASA Chief Technologist
  • George Beck, Chief Clinical and Technology Officer, Impact Instrumentation, Inc.
  • Brian Russell, Chief Executive Officer, Zephyr Technology
  • John Vilja, Vice President for Strategy, Innovation and Growth, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
  • Richard Aubrecht, Vice President, Moog, Inc.

House SS&T June 20, 2012 Hearing on Obama Science Priorities, including NASA: A SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Summary

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 21-Jun-2012 (Updated: 21-Jun-2012 10:32 PM)

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of a June 20, 2012 hearing before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on President Obama's science policies and priorities, including those for NASA's space program, was published on June 21, 2012.  Dr. Holdren was the only witness.   The space program was only one of many topics debated at the hearing.  The committee members who asked questions about NASA included:

  • Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee
  • Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS), chairman of the Space and Aeronautics subcommittee
  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)]
  • Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)

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)