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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #60 on: 06/20/2018 02:29 am »
More highlights from the Senate Report:

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Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development [LEO].—The Committee supports maintaining the International Space Station [ISS] with direct Federal funding beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s objectives in LEO. The Committee supports public-private partnerships to advance commercial capabilities in LEO, particularly those involving in-kind contributions by NASA, such as making a docking node on the ISS available for partnership opportunities. The agreement provides $40,000,000 for port implementation analysis and power augmentation studies necessary to enable potential future commercial activities at the ISS.
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #61 on: 09/29/2018 01:59 am »
A CR and a mini-bus was signed into law today (CJS which includes NASA is under a CR):
https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395419

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #62 on: 09/29/2018 08:43 pm »
More highlights from the Senate Report:

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Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development [LEO].—The Committee supports maintaining the International Space Station [ISS] with direct Federal funding beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s objectives in LEO.

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but what are "NASA’s objectives in LEO"?

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The Committee supports public-private partnerships to advance commercial capabilities in LEO, particularly those involving in-kind contributions by NASA, such as making a docking node on the ISS available for partnership opportunities. The agreement provides $40,000,000 for port implementation analysis and power augmentation studies necessary to enable potential future commercial activities at the ISS.

This one is interesting, since it implies that some degree of future commercial interest would be moderated by a lack of physical access to the ISS.

I wonder if they have actual examples of such interest, or they are just trying to make sure the ISS is as available as possible for potential commercial users?
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #63 on: 10/10/2018 06:08 pm »
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but what are "NASA’s objectives in LEO"?

NASA's ISS Transition report addresses their ongoing requirements in LEO, albeit vaguely: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/iss_transition_report_180330.pdf

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This one is interesting, since it implies that some degree of future commercial interest would be moderated by a lack of physical access to the ISS.

I wonder if they have actual examples of such interest, or they are just trying to make sure the ISS is as available as possible for potential commercial users?

Axiom has been arguing for some time - going back to the Obama administration IIRC - for NASA to make a "spare" ISS port available for a company to attach a commercial module to. The idea would be to start with a commercial module attached to ISS then evolve to a dedicated commercial platform. I think other companies are interested as well - perhaps Bigelow and/or Nanoracks.

I can't remember which hearing it was, but recently Suffredini expressed some frustration in congressional testimony that NASA has yet to decide or announce how they would competitively award such an opportunity after years of talking about it. 

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #64 on: 01/07/2019 12:23 am »

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #65 on: 01/07/2019 08:57 am »
H.R. 21 (which is unlikely to pass in the Senate) covers NASA:

The budget amounts are exactly the same as for CJS 115-275 from 14 June 2018. Total is $21,323,400,000.
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #66 on: 01/22/2019 02:20 am »
Shelby released his own version of a bill to re-open the government which includes NASA on pages 197-205:
https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/End%20the%20Shutdown%20and%20Secure%20the%20Border%20Act.pdf

In case that you are wondering, it doesn't have bi-partisan support.

https://twitter.com/CraigCaplan/status/1087548237089857536

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #67 on: 02/14/2019 12:57 am »
Interesting tidbit about the Appropriations deal related to SpaceX land near the border:

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/13/694335958/congress-awaits-final-border-bill-with-shutdown-deadline-looming

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Another lawmaker involved in the talks, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, told reporters that final details were still being worked out. He said a critical breakthrough for him was securing protections against physical barriers for five areas in the Rio Grande Valley, where the new fencing will go up. Those five areas include: a SpaceX site, the National Butterfly Center, La Lomita Historical Park, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park and the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. "It was extremely difficult. It's been difficult, but the Senate and everybody has been agreeable to get there. I represent those areas and wanted those protections, and we got it," Cuellar told reporters.

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #68 on: 02/14/2019 01:06 am »
The CJS bill (which includes NASA funding) is one of seven bills that was being held up by the disagreement on border security but because of the agreement, it is now expected to become law by the end of this week:

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Additionally, the deal will include all seven unfinished fiscal 2019 spending bills, which were held up due to the border security impasse that sparked a 35-day partial government shutdown. Among the [7] unfinished bills are the Interior-EPA, Commerce-Justice-Science, State-Foreign Operations and Agriculture funding measures.

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060120305
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #70 on: 02/14/2019 02:48 am »
The text of the appropriations bill should be posted here within a few hours:
https://docs.house.gov/floor/
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #71 on: 02/14/2019 11:39 pm »
The text of the appropriations bill should be posted here within a few hours:
https://docs.house.gov/floor/

The Appropriations bill, NASA starts at p. 269:
https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190211/CRPT-116hrpt9_u2-.pdf

Explanatory Statement, NASA starts on page 205 of the PDF:
https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190211/116hrpt9-JointExplanatoryStatement-u1.pdf
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #72 on: 02/14/2019 11:45 pm »
The Senate has passed the appropriation bill, House should pass it today:
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/430076-senate-approves-border-bill

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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #73 on: 02/15/2019 01:04 am »
The House just passed the Consolidated Appropriations bill. The President is expected to sign it on Friday. 

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/430114-house-passes-border-deal-setting-up-trump-to-declare-emergency

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Trump is expected to sign the compromise bill on Friday

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/14/spending-bill-vote-government-shutdown-1170006
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #74 on: 02/15/2019 01:22 am »
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Re: FY19 NASA Budget Request
« Reply #75 on: 02/15/2019 11:55 pm »
That meaning, that the module of the Gateway, will be start to build?
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