Space travel is hard

When you think of outer space exploration, most folks from my generation tend to think of Florida’s Cape Canaveral, rather than Virginia’s Eastern Shore or Wallops Island. However, when it comes to manned space travel or space exploration, there has been a lot more activity in Virginia than Florida the past few years. You probably know nothing …

U.S. Should Take Lead in Space Security

The Washington Time’s Bill Gertz  penned a good piece this morning on outer space security: “New space-arms control initiative draws concern.” You can read it here. Over at The Space Review blog, you can read a good background summary of the matter that details the Obama Administration’s apparent back and forth on the issue. From this outpost, …

Texas High School Wins Ninth Team America Rocketry Challenge

This weekend were the finals for the annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) held in Great Meadow, Virginia just outside Washington, DC. In its ninth year, the event is hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), among others. The competition seems to keep growing every year, with more …

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko signed agreements with representatives of seven countries for peaceful cooperation in nuclear safety matters while in Vienna, Austria this week. India-U.S. military cooperation may get a boost next week when the Indian defense minister visits DC. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by voice vote resolutions of …

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The United Nations Security Council approved Resolution 1929 yesterday.  It clears the path for the fourth round of UN sanctions on Iran.   The P5+1 foreign ministers issued a statement that says, in part, that they “expect Iran to pragmatic attitude and to respond positively” to dialogue and negotiations.  Good luck with that.  With any …

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A May 31, 2010 United Nations IAEA report may bolster case for advocates of a new round of Iran sanctions.  The findings state that Iran has enough fuel for two nuclear weapons.  The question for those of us who follow these issues in D.C. remains: will the Obama Administration focus on the UN track or …

The Space Review: Hope for significant export control reform, Satflex

The Editor of The Space Review recently penned a piece on export control reforms and the space industry that is worth a read.   It summarizes remarks made at a recent conference by senior Congressional staff on the status of various reform measures being considered by the Congress. Regardless of how much interest there may …