A note from NSS Executive Director Gary Barnhardt:
The National Space Society and the Space Exploration Alliance invite you to participate in the annual Legislative Blitz in Washington, D.C. from February 27 to March 1. The 2011 Blitz comes at a crucial moment. In September 2010, Congress passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. It is now time for Congress to enact legislation that appropriates the required funding in compliance with the Authorization Act.
Over 100 meetings are anticipated with Congressional offices. Blitz participants will have the opportunity to discuss the future direction of our nation’s space program. Come join space advocates from around the country to let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.
You can register to participate in the Legislative Blitz by following this link (Register Now!), or, for more information contact Rick Zucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can not attend please consider lending your financial support to the effort (Online Donation)
For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the schedule for four space lobbying efforts taking place on the Hill this winter:
Legislative Blitz Organizers: National Space Society/Space Exploration Alliance Dates: Feb. 27 – March 1 Registration
“Keep Your Promise” Organizer: Space Frontier Foundation Dates: March 6-8, 2011 Information
March Storm Organizer: ProSpace Dates: March 13-15 Information
California Space Week Washington DC Organizer: California Space Authority Dates: March 28-31, 2011 Register
In late September 2010, after many months of debate, Congress passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. This three-year authorization demonstrated a bipartisan, cooperative effort on the part of both the House and the Senate to provide a framework for engaging the Executive Branch in a comprehensive dialog on the future of NASA. On October 11, 2010, the bill was signed into law by the president.
In an era when such strong bipartisan agreement is rarely seen, the overwhelming support on both sides of the political aisle for our nationâ€™s space program and for the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 reaffirmed our nationâ€™s strong commitment to a space program that is dynamic, engaging, and sustainable. Although the compromise embodied in this legislation is not without risk to the ultimate success of the U.S. human spaceflight program, it nevertheless provides guidance to the Executive Branch and a path forward.
National Space Society Chairman Mark Hopkins held a press conference this morning in which he unveiled more details of the Kalam-NSS Initiative, a joint U.S.-Indian effort aimed at building clean space-based solar power satellites.
Hopkins said that the program would combine American technology and low-cost Indian manufacturing to generate jobs and clean energy in both countries. A vibrant space solar power program would make the nations net energy exporters instead of importers.
The National Space Society will hold a press conference Thursday, November 4 at the National Press Club to reveal one of the first initiatives ever undertaken by a non-profit American organization and a former head of state. That initiative pairs India’s eleventh President, Dr. A.P.J. Kalam with Americaâ€™s National Space Society. Its name? The Kalam-NSS Energy Initiative.
The Kalam-NSS Energy Initiativeâ€™s goals? To solve the global energy crisis. To solve the global carbon crisis. And to solve Americaâ€™s next generation jobs crisis. How? By harvesting solar power in space.
The National Space Society (NSS) is today reaffirming its longstanding and unwavering commitment to further space exploration and development, by calling on the Executive and Legislative branches to incorporate their various proposals into a Unified Space Policy so that the United States can once again begin to move beyond low Earth orbit. Congress and the Administration need to work together to determine the best path forward relative to our space program, including how best to leverage the necessary partnership between the public and private sectors relative to launch capabilities and how best to maintain a skilled work force.
The NSS emphatically requests that the House of Representatives adopt the Senate version of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.
Monday, April 12, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto to discuss the upcoming ISDC, provide us with a report on Space Access Society and more.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7- 8:30 PM PDT: This show is in honor of Apollo 13. Our guests will be Gary Moir and Don Harvey.
Friday, April 16, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT: We welcome back noted author Dr. Philip Harris to the show. We will be discussing the recommendation for a White House Conference on Space, space development, and space policy. For more information, visit www.drphilipharris.com.
Sunday, April 18, 12-1:30 PM PDT. We welcome back Mark Whittington, journalist, author. Mark will provide us with different perspectives on U.S. space policy.
The National Space Society (NSS) commends NASA and the Executive Branch for proposing to increase spending for science, technology, and sustainable economic development in space; however, we believe the Presidentâ€™s 2011 budget request would leave the job only partly done. NSS calls for the President and Congress to restore funding for human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit. NASAâ€™s goal should be to make it possible to incorporate energy and resources from space into our economy and to extend human presence throughout the solar system.
On December 7, 2009, in a star-studded ceremony at the Mojave Spaceport in Mojave, California, Virgin Galactic’s new commercial suborbital spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo (manufactured by Scaled Composites) was unveiled to the public for the first time. SpaceShipTwo, christened the “Enterprise”, is now ready to undergo the series of rigorous test flights and certification procedures which are necessary before it can proceed to operational status.
From February 21-23, 2010, the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) will be holding the annual Legislative Blitz. The 2010 Blitz comes at a crucial moment in the formulation of space policy.
On November 13, 2009, NASA announced that preliminary data from the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates that the mission successfully uncovered water during the October 9, 2009 impacts into the permanently shadowed region of Cabeus crater near the Moon’s south pole.
According to Mark Hopkins, Senior Vice President of the National Space Society, “The discovery of water on the Moon dramatically improves the case for the development of lunar resources. All of the varied proposals to use these resources to provide very large amounts of carbon free energy for use on the Earth are suddenly more cost effective. In the long run, lunar resources may provide the solution to our energy and climate change problems.”
Added Rick Zucker, NSS Vice President of Public Affairs, “NSS applauds NASA’s continuing efforts to unlock the secrets of the universe, to expand the boundaries of human knowledge, and to apply that which we learn for the betterment of humanity.”
The National Space Society (NSS) welcomes the release of the Final Report of the Review of U.S. Space Flight Plans Committee, better known as the Augustine Commission. NSS thanks the Committee for its hard work and due diligence, and for the message that its Final Report seeks to convey: The United States can, and must, continue to be the worldâ€™s leader in space, but to do so, our space program must be appropriately funded. NSS joins with the Committee in its call for an additional $3 billion in annual funding for NASA.
The NSS released a statement on Friday concerning the Augustine Commission report:
The National Space Society (NSS) welcomes the release of the Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Space Flight Plans Committee, better known as the Augustine Commission. NSS thanks the Commission for its hard work and due diligence, and for a thorough job given the time and resources available to its members.
The Next Step in Space Coalition, a group of businesses, organizations, and people working to ensure the future of US human spaceflight, announced today that its membership has grown to include a diverse set of businesses and organizations, including Google, Inc., Analytic Graphics Inc., the Space Coast Economic Development Commission and the National Space Society.
SpaceXâ€™s Elon Musk, Virgin Galacticâ€™s Will Whitehorn and Orion Propulsionâ€™s Tim Pickens among private sector entrepreneurs on hand to discuss the next frontier of the space industry.
The National Space Society (NSS) announced today that Day One of the 28th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) will dedicate itself to an in-depth look into the emerging privately funded sector of the space industry.