What’s Happening in Space Policy April 21-27, 2024 – SpacePolicyOnline.com

Right here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s checklist of house coverage occasions for the week of April 21-27, 2024 and any perception we are able to supply about them. The Home is in recess besides for professional forma classes. The Senate’s schedule is unsure.

Through the Week

The Home and Senate each have been purported to be in recess this week, however delays in Home consideration of the nationwide safety supplemental disrupted these plans. The Home lastly adjourned on Saturday after passing 4 separate payments to offer funding for Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific, and to power a sale of TikTok and seize frozen Russian belongings to pay for rebuilding Ukraine. They’re being mixed into one (H.R. 815) for consideration by the Senate. Absent unanimous consent, Senate procedures require sure time durations to elapse earlier than a invoice will get to a remaining vote. The Senate will meet on Tuesday to finish a type of steps. Its schedule thereafter is unsure. It has been debating the FAA Reauthorization invoice, so might make extra progress on that.

However there aren’t any space-related hearings scheduled. Thank goodness, as a result of it’s a actually, actually busy week already. Our calendar tells the story. We rely 31 occasions as of now (Sunday morning).

We’re going to spotlight simply 4 of these lest this missive get too lengthy. All of the occasions are listed under and the primary 20 are on our dwelling web page. The total checklist (proven above), which is clickable, is on our calendar of occasions web page.

First, China will launch their subsequent house station crew on Thursday. It’s the start of one other crew rotation. The Shenzhou-18 crew will commerce locations with the three-man Shenzhou-17 crew on Tiangong-3, additionally referred to as the China House Station (CSS). As normal, China has not formally introduced the launch date or time, or the crew. They often do this about 24 hours earlier than launch, however the April 25 launch date is broadly reported and Bob Christy of @OrbitalFocus calculates the launch time as about 12:58 UTC, which is 8:58 am EDT.

China’s Xinhua information company has revealed pictures of the rocket and spacecraft being transferred to the launch pad, they simply haven’t made an official announcement. They are saying solely it is going to be launched “at an acceptable time within the close to future.”

Shenzhou-18 spacecraft atop a Lengthy March 2F rocket on the Jiuquan launch web site, April 17, 2024. (Photograph credit score: Wang Jiangbo/Xinhua)

China celebrates its Nationwide Day of Spaceflight on April 24, the anniversary of the launch of their first satellite tv for pc, Dong Fang Hong-1 (The East is Pink), on April 24, 1970. The China House Convention takes place through the week in Wuhan.

Thursday can also be the day that Boeing’s Starliner Crew Flight Take a look at (CFT) crew arrives at Kennedy House Heart in preparation for his or her Might 6 launch to the Worldwide House Station. Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams will contact down at KSC about 1:00 pm ET and be welcomed by KSC officers and the media. NASA TV will cowl it. A media telecon will happen later within the day following the Flight Take a look at Readiness Overview. It’s scheduled for six:00 pm ET, however that might change in the event that they want longer to finish the evaluation. Hear on NASA Dwell.

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore (L) and Suni Williams (R), the crew of the Boeing Starliner Crew Flight Take a look at (CFT). Credit score: NASA

This take a look at flight has been a very long time coming. Boeing and SpaceX began their industrial crew applications on the similar time in 2014, however SpaceX’s take a look at flight, Demo-2, lifted off 4 years in the past and SpaceX now routinely launches Crew Dragon each for NASA and personal clients. NASA needed two industrial crew suppliers to offer redundancy and guarantee competitors. If all goes nicely with Starliner CFT, they’ll lastly have it.

On a completely completely different observe, the third occasion we’ll spotlight is the Aerospace Industries Affiliation’s webinar on the nationwide safety house finances request. That’s on Wednesday afternoon. AIA’s companion webinar on the civil house finances request a few weeks in the past was glorious so we’ve excessive expectations for this one, too. It’s not simply finances numbers. Todd Harrison, previously with CSIS and now with American Enterprise Institute, and the Aerospace Company’s Sam Wilson will present their evaluation and perspective on what all of it means. AIA’s Steve Jordan Tomaszewski is the moderator.

There are SO MANY different actually attention-grabbing conferences this week. We want we might spotlight all of them, however we’ll cease with this final one. NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Evaluation Group (MEPAG) is assembly Wednesday-Friday right here in D.C. and there’s a joint workshop the prior two days between MEPAG and the Extraterrestrial Supplies Program Evaluation Group (ExMAG). Each conferences will focus on Mars Pattern Return, which must be particularly attention-grabbing following NASA’s announcement final week that they’re searching for revolutionary concepts on easy methods to get that finished in a well timed, reasonably priced method. There’s plenty of concern within the planetary science group, together with those that wish to do different Mars science, that MSR not swallow your entire planetary science finances. But there’s substantial settlement that it’s actually necessary to deliver again the samples being collected proper now by the Perseverance rover. Issues about MSR’s value have been round for a very long time, however the finances caps set by final 12 months’s Fiscal Duty Act make the alternatives much more troublesome. Each conferences have a digital possibility.

These and the numerous different occasions we learn about as of Sunday morning are proven under. Verify again all through the week for others we study later and add to our Calendar or adjustments to those.

Sunday-Tuesday, April 21-23

Monday, April 22

Monday-Tuesday, April 22-23

Monday-Thursday, April 22-25

Monday-Friday, April 22-26 (continued from final week)

Tuesday, April 23

  • FAA Industrial House Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), FAA HQ, Washington, DC, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET (livestreamed)
  • Lockheed Martin 1Q2024 Monetary Outcomes Telecon, digital, 11:00 am ET
  • House Trade for House Technique (Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Heart), 1030 fifteenth St., NW, Washington, DC, 4:00-5:00 pm ET (webcast)

Tuesday-Thursday, April 23-25

Tuesday-Friday, April 23-26

Wednesday, April 24

Wednesday-Thursday, April 24-25

Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26

Thursday, April 25

  • Launch of China’s Shenzhou-18 Crew to the Tiangong-3 House Station, Jiuquan, China, 8:58 am EDT?
  • Northrop Grumman 1Q2024 Monetary Outcomes Telecon, digital, 9:00 am ET
  • Russian Spacewalk at ISS, Earth orbit, 10:55 am ET (NASA TV begins 10:30 am ET)
  • Starliner CFT Crew Arrives at Kennedy House Heart, KSC, 1:00 pm ET (NASA TV)
  • What Will It Take To Construct Communities in House (Past Earth Institute), digital, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • ISU-DC House Café with JAXA Washington Workplace Director Masami Onoda, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 6:00-8:00 pm ET
  • Starliner CFT Flight Take a look at Readiness Overview Media Telecon, digital, ~6:00 pm ET (time topic to vary), NASA Dwell

Thursday-Friday, April 25-26

Friday, April 26

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