Our Hearing Summaries
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
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
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."
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."
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."
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on October 26, 2011 on "NASA's Commercial Crew Development Program: Accomplishments and Challenges." This SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the hearing originally appeared as an article on SpacePolicyOnline.com on October 27 under the title "Adequate Funding Key to Commercial Crew Timing."
On October 12, 2011, the subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing to discuss the impact on operations of the International Space Station (ISS) of the failure of Russia's Soyuz rocket on August 24, 2011 when it was attempting to send a Progress cargo spacecraft to the ISS. This SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the hearing appeared as an article on SpacePolicyOnline.com on October 12 under the title "NASA Confident of Russian Launch Failure Analysis; Wants Another INKSNA Waiver."
From NPOESS to JPSS: An Update on the Nation's Restructured Polar Weather Satellite Program is a SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the September 23, 2011 hearing convened by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Witnesses were NOAA's Kathryn Sullivan, NASA's Christopher Scolese, and GAO's David Powner.
FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation FY2012 Budget Request: A SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Summary
The Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on May 5, 2011 on the FY2012 budget request for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in the Federal Aviation Administration. A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the hearing is available here.
On March 10, 2011, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on the FY2012 budget requests for research and development activities at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency. SpacePolicyOnline.com published an article summarizing the NOAA part of the hearing that day, which is reproduced here as hearing notes.