recommended reading

author archives

Results 11-20 of 248

U.S. Won't Launch a Military Space Corps—For Now

July 13, 2017 A handful of lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a new branch of the American military solely focused on deploying extraterrestrial power. The members of congress, led by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, have included a provision creating a new Space Corps in the bill authorizing the next year of...

The US Isn’t Going To Launch a Military Space Corps—For Now

July 13, 2017 A handful of US lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a new branch of the American military solely focused on deploying extra-terrestrial power. The members of congress, led by Alabama representative Mike Rogers, have included a provision creating a new Space Corps in the bill authorizing the next year...

from govexec

Stephen Bannon Wants To Talk About Using Mercenaries To Solve Afghanistan

July 11, 2017 Donald Trump’s brain trust faces a thorny problem in Afghanistan, and true to form, is considering solutions with a built-in conflict of interest. Today, the New York Times reports (paywall) that the White House solicited plans to replace US troops with mercenaries from Erik Prince, the founder of the scandal-tarnished...

Donald Trump’s New National Space Council is Already Baffling the Space Industry

July 3, 2017 With no fanfare, President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to re-form the National Space Council, creating a new body to coordinate space policy across the government. Vice President Mike Pence will chair the council, which President Bill Clinton shut down when he came into office in 1993....

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Will Fly the US Military's Top-Secret Space Robot

June 7, 2017 Now that’s a headline! SpaceX, the upstart rocket maker that went to court for the right to bid on US national security launches and flew its first classified spy satellite to orbit in May, will launch the top-secret X-37B space drone in August, according to US Air Force secretary Heather...

For Trump’s Budget to Work, the US Will Need the Biggest Technology Boom Since World War II

May 23, 2017 One of the most revealing things in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, due out today, is its extravagant assumptions about economic growth. Even a budget few expect to be enacted needed a behind-the-scenes boost to deliver plausible results, as it effectively assumes a technological revolution bigger than any since World...

from govexec

NASA Won’t Rush Astronauts Back to the Moon to Please Donald Trump

May 15, 2017 In February, at the behest of the White House, NASA said it would consider adding two astronauts to the first integrated launch of its new Space Launch System rocket and Orion space capsule, planned for 2018. That NASA would even try to accommodate US presidential Donald Trump’s hope to see...

The US Air Force Wants to Remind You (and China) That its Secret Space Drone Is Back

May 9, 2017 One of the weirdest open secrets in space has come back to earth: The X-37B, an experimental US Air Force drone that looks and flies like a miniature Space Shuttle, landed at Kennedy Space Center on May 7 with a sonic boom that surprised local residents. The autonomous craft spent...

California’s Plan to Tax Rockets by the Mile Is Exactly What Space Companies Want

May 6, 2017 California has come up with a remarkable plan to tax rocket launches from its coast. Specifically, their tax payments will be determined by how often they fly the 62 miles (100 km) from a California launchpad to the very edge of space while transporting goods or tourists. After 62 miles,...

from govexec

SpaceX is Launching a Spy Satellite for the U.S. Government

May 1, 2017 Elon Musk got his first taste of what goes into a top-secret space mission back in 2006, when his company SpaceX was experimenting with a new rocket at a US Air Force base. For fear that the space startup’s work would disturb efforts by competitors Boeing and Lockheed Martin to...