In a much-anticipated signing ceremony, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on 30 June reauthorizing the National Space Council, an advisory body that, though a driving force behind many of that country’s most significant forays in space exploration, has been defunct for 24 years. The council will work closely with several federal agencies […]
In a speech to the graduating class of astronauts and NASA, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the National Space Council would be re-formed by the Trump administration, and that he himself would serve as chair. The self-described “lifelong NASA fan” said he was especially privileged to de delivering the speech on his birthday. While […]
Speakers at the National Space Society’s annual International Space Development Conference deliberated on strategies for moving forward on building a sustainable space-based economy. The annual conference, held in St. Louis, Missouri this year, attracted visionaries from nearly every generation of American space exploration. Developing market opportunities in space will help spur investment and development in […]
When the Dragon spacecraft from 2012’s SpaceX 4 mission successfully berthed with the ISS‘s Harmony module, the cargo capsule’s place in space-faring history was cemented, marking the first time a privately owned spacecraft berthed with the space station, vindicating long-held hopes that the commercial space industry could develop the ability to conduct complex operations in Earth’s orbit. Now the SpaceX/CRS-11 […]
On Wednesday, SpaceX founder and tech mogul Elon Musk suggested that he had done as much as he could to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris Accords, the multi-national climate change mitigation pact, and said he would withdraw his council to the president if the U.S. withdraws from the agreement.
The Downlink interviewed Dr. Jon Dowling on the implications of the quantum communications satellite launched by China last summer. The quantum physicist and renowned professor provides insight into two superpowers’ race for the future of space, and information supremacy.
Abigail Harrison has dreamed of the stars since she was five years old. While it’s not unusual for children to fantasize about space adventure, it is unusual to find one that pushes that dream so hard toward reality – or for so many years.
When the CEOs of several major American companies met with the new leader of the free world two days ago, the conversation revolved around manufacturing restrictions and outsourcing — both in the crosshairs of President Trump’s agenda. The new president, four days into his term on the day of the meeting, which included CEO Marilyn […]
By Kendra R Chamberlain Many aspects of governance — from budget approvals to new leaders for federal agencies — are still up in the air for the US’s space programs and agencies, only days away from the new administration taking control.