Today, another SpaceX Dragon capsule delivered more cargo to the International Space Station. It was the first such delivery under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program, bringing the Dragon out of demonstration mode and into operational status.
Today, the Dragon space capsule developed and launched by SpaceX -- a U.S. commercial space firm -- successfully delivered approximately 1,000 pounds of cargo from NASA to the International Space Station. It was a historic first for the commercial space industry, which NASA is relying on for all future U.S. launches to the station now that the Shuttle has retired. The reusable Dragon capsule will return to the Earth next week for recovery.
On April 27, Eve Douglas of the Office of Space Commercialization will speak at a Space Enterprise Council forum on "The Importance of Commercial Remote Sensing to Economic and National Security." The Capitol Hill event is scheduled for 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Departments of Defense and State released a report on space export control policy reform, recommending that many satellites and satellite components be transferred from the USML to the CCL. The report was mandated by Section 1248 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.
The NOAA testimony from the House Science Committee hearing on LightSquared impacts to federal science agencies is now publicly available. Deputy Under Secretary Mary Glackin outlined a wide range of GPS-dependent systems and functions at risk, including NOAA's entire satellite fleet and over 23,000 environmental sensor platforms.