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Independent review to examine JWST launch plans

WASHINGTON — NASA will provide an updated launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope early next year, even as some warn that the mission might face further delays. At a Dec. 6 hearing of the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said the revised launch date would come [...]

Independent review to examine JWST launch plans 2017-12-08T13:11:32+00:00

NNSA partners with the Philippines to identify and repatriate U.S.-origin radiological material

NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security (ORS), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) recently completed a two-year process of conditioning and repatriating U.S.-origin radioactive sources from the Philippines.  As part of NNSA’s mission to protect radiological material used for medical, industrial, educational, and other peaceful purposes, ORS and partner [...]

NNSA partners with the Philippines to identify and repatriate U.S.-origin radiological material 2017-12-07T13:09:15+00:00

Graduate Fellow Feature: Andrew Peoples

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a unique opportunity for recent graduates to join the Nuclear Security Enterprise. These full-time, salaried positions offer a year of specialized, on-the-job training and the chance to tackle real-world challenges in one of NNSA’s program offices. Fellows develop technical and leadership skills to launch their careers with a [...]

Graduate Fellow Feature: Andrew Peoples 2017-12-06T13:11:22+00:00

Russia looks past Soyuz-2 failure to Soyuz-5

The article originally ran in the Dec. 4 issue of SpaceNews Magazine as “Like a Phoenix, Russia looks past Soyuz-2 to Soyuz-5.” MOSCOW — Try as they might, the Russian space program is having a hard time sustaining a positive news cycle. For every small step forward, it seems they take one giant leap back. Budget [...]

Russia looks past Soyuz-2 failure to Soyuz-5 2017-12-06T13:11:04+00:00

Relativity Space aims to 3D print entire launch vehicles

This article originally appeared as “A relativistic shift in launch vehicle manufacturing” in the Nov. 20 issue of SpaceNews Magazine There’s no question that additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has become an important technology in the aerospace industry. A growing number of companies are using the technology to make components for satellites and launch vehicles that [...]

Relativity Space aims to 3D print entire launch vehicles 2017-12-06T13:11:08+00:00

Space policy experts lay out their concerns: Will the Trump administration listen?

WASHINGTON — Officials in the Trump administration have been known to ignore advice from experts. But this White House should listen to what a group of space analysts and scholars have to say, asserts a white paper released Tuesday. The United States needs a “national space policy” that looks broadly at issues like space traffic [...]

Space policy experts lay out their concerns: Will the Trump administration listen? 2017-12-05T13:10:56+00:00

Navy to Launch New Branding Campaign, Tagline at Army—Navy Game

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Army-Navy football game is one of the oldest and most storied contests in the history of collegiate athletics. On Saturday, Dec. 9, in Philadelphia the U.S. Navy will use the occasion to tell a new story about itself, as it launches a new, multifaceted branding campaign aimed at attracting a [...]

Navy to Launch New Branding Campaign, Tagline at Army—Navy Game 2017-12-05T13:11:24+00:00

Google Lunar X Prize teams make last-ditch fundraising appeals

WASHINGTON — With less than four months remaining in the competition, two of the remaining teams in the Google Lunar X Prize are seeking to raise tens of millions of dollars to complete their spacecraft. In a Nov. 29 statement, Israeli team SpaceIL said it needed to raise $20 million by the end of the [...]

Google Lunar X Prize teams make last-ditch fundraising appeals 2017-12-05T13:11:05+00:00

Battle brewing in the Pentagon over military space investments

WASHINGTON — The space arms race is accelerating and rivals are closing in on the United States, military officials have warned. But on the question of what to do next, opinions diverge. Military and civilian leaders have warned that the Pentagon is taking for granted its access and dominance in space while adversaries keep plugging [...]

Battle brewing in the Pentagon over military space investments 2017-12-05T13:11:03+00:00

NASA expects commercial crew providers to achieve safety requirements

WASHINGTON — As the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles prepare for test flights in the next 12 months, a NASA official said the agency expects those companies to be able to meet, or come close to, stringent safety requirements for those spacecraft. At a Nov. 29 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s human exploration [...]

NASA expects commercial crew providers to achieve safety requirements 2017-12-05T13:10:59+00:00