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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Space Policy Online

Space Policy Online

There is so much information now on the Internet that finding what you want can be as much by accident as by choice.
Maybe smaller bytes, more often, will be easier to chew.
I am finding that individuals do make a difference.
Who knows what you might accomplish.

This web site can take you to a lot of information about space.
- LRK -

Your first stop for information news, information, and analysis about Civil, Military, and Commercial Space Programs.

[See the navigation column on the left for internal links. - LRK -]
About Us provides news, information and analysis about the policy aspects of the full scope of the U.S. space program -- civil (NASA, NOAA, FAA/OCST, and other civil agencies), military (DOD and the intelligence community), and commercial -- as well as international space activities and space law. Many excellent websites already exist about NASA's space activities, but the space program is much more than NASA.

Marcia S. Smith is the founder and editor of
She has almost four decades of experience in space policy, including 31 years at the Congressional Research Service on Capitol Hill (1975-2006), and three at the National Research Council's Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (2006-2009).
She is the North American Editor of the journal Space Policy, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Astronautical Society (AAS), and British Interplanetary Society (BIS). A short biography is available here.

Laura M. Delgado joined as a correspondent in September 2009. Ms. Delgado is currently pursuing an MA in International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University's Space Policy Institute (SPI). She is also a 2009 Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Northrop Grumman Fellow at SPI. In June 2009, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Delgado worked as a research assistant with the Department of Political Science at UPR on a project analyzing the effects of corruption on electoral behavior at the municipal level. In May 2008, Ms. Delgado became the first Puerto Rican to obtain the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship at the Space Studies Board of the National Academies. Previously, she worked as an Intern for Development at the NAIC-Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. In 2007 Ms. Delgado interned at the Office of then-Congressman Luis Fortuño (now governor of Puerto Rico). Her research interests include international relations theory as applied to space policy, as well as space security and management issues.

[I came upon the web site in my search for earlier documents relating
to NASA programs. - LRK -]
Other Reports of Interest

The following are links to reports, articles, briefings and speeches from Government agencies, organizations and individuals that may be of interest.


A Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover: Report of the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Exploration Policy (the "Aldridge Report"). June 2004. Chaired by E.C. "Pete" Aldridge, Jr.

Report of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, which investigated the 2003 space shuttle Columbia tragedy (the CAIB report). August 26, 2003. Chaired by Adm. Harold Gehman (Ret.)

Anyone, Anything, Anytime, Anywhere: Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry (the "Walker report"). November 2002. Chaired by the Honorable Robert S. Walker.

Report of the Commission to Assess U.S. National Security Space Management and Organization (the Rumsfeld "Space Commission" Report). January 2001. Chaired by Mr. Donald Rumsfeld. [Mr. Rumsfeld previously chaired a commission on ballistic missile defense that is sometimes confused with this one since both often are referred to as the "Rumsfeld Commission." The BMD report is also available on the Internet.)

Report of the Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program (the "Augustine Committee" report). December 1990. Chaired by Mr. Norman Augustine.

Leadership and America's Future in Space: a Report to the Administrator by Dr. Sally K. Ride (the Sally Ride report). August 1987.

Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (the "Rogers Commission report"). June 6, 1986. Chaired by William P. Rogers.

Pioneering the Space Frontier: An Exciting Vision of Our Next Fifty Years in Space. Report of the U.S. National Commission on Space (the "Paine report" ). May 1986. Chaired by Dr. Thomas O. Paine.

The Post-Apollo Space Program: Directions for the Future. (The "Space Task Group report"). September 1969. Chaired by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew.


[Another of the 'Quick Links' is on "Our Hearing Summaries" which has links to summaries. - LRK -]
Senate Appropriations CJS Subcommittee on NASA FY2011 Budget Request:
A Hearing Summary PDF Print Email
Written by Laura M. Delgado
Monday, 26 April 2010 22:00
The Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on NASA's FY2011 budget request on April 22, 2010. A summary of the hearing is available here.

House Authorization Hearing on NASA's Exploration Plans: A Hearing Summary PDF Print Email
Written by Laura. M. Delgado
Saturday, 27 March 2010 11:32
The Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the House Science and Technology Committee held a hearing on March 24, 2010 on "Proposed Changes to NASA's Exploration Program: What's Known, What's Not, and What Are the Issues for Congress?" A summary of the hearing is available by clicking here.


[You might want to check out the "Space Law" tab as well. - LRK -]


Will leave you there while I go do some reading myself.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

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Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program

Volume 1
Organizing for Exploration

Volume 2
External Relationships

Volume 3
Using Space

Volume 4
Accessing Space

Volume 5
Exploring the Cosmos

Volume 6
Space and Earth Science




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