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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial

Description: The future of the U.S. human space flight program is dominating debate about NASA. Pursuant to the "Vision for Space Exploration" announced by President Bush in January 2004, the shuttle program is to be terminated in 2010. The Vision directs NASA to focus its activities on returning humans to the Moon by 2020 and eventually sending them to Mars. How to manage Department of Defense (DOD) space programs to avoid the cost growth and schedule delays that have characterized several recent projects is a key issue facing DOD. The appropriate role of the government in facilitating commercial space businesses is an ongoing debate.
Date: June 13, 2006
Creator: Figliola, Patricia Moloney; Behrens, Carl E. & Morgan, Daniel
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports

Description: This report various sides of the debate related to domestic launch services, such as satellite export issues, the development of new launch vehicles by the private sector, and whether tax incentives or loan guarantees should be created for companies attempting to develop lower-cost launch vehicles.
Date: March 20, 2006
Creator: Behrens, Carl E.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Space Stations

Description: No Description Available.
Date: January 4, 2006
Creator: Smith, Marcia S.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The International Space Station and the Iran Nonproliferation Act (INA): The Bush Administration's Proposed INA Amendment

Description: The Iran Nonproliferation Act (P.L. 106-178), as originally enacted, prohibited the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from purchasing Russian goods and services for the U.S.-led International Space Station (ISS) unless the President certified that Russia was not proliferating certain technologies to Iran. On July 12, 2005, the Bush Administration submitted to Congress an amendment to allow NASA to purchase goods and services from Russia to support the ISS. That presented a classic policy dilemma. Without access to Russian spacecraft, the U.S. use of the ISS could be extremely limited. Yet Russian entities were continuing proliferation activities relating to missile proliferation according to the Department of State. This report explains the Bush Administration proposal and resulting congressional action.
Date: December 5, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S. & Squassoni, Sharon
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD's SBIRS and STSS Programs

Description: This report discusses the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS, formerly SBIRS-Low), managed by the Missile Defense Agency, which performs missile tracking and target discrimination for missile defense objectives.
Date: November 25, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Space Stations

Description: No Description Available.
Date: November 17, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

China's Space Program: An Overview

Description: The People’s Republic of China successfully completed its second human spaceflight mission on October 17, 2005. China is only the third country, after Russia and the United States, able to launch people into space. Its first human spaceflight was in 2003 when a single astronaut, or “taikonaut,” made a flight lasting slightly less than a day. The 2005 flight lasted five days, and involved two taikonauts. As the United States embarks upon President Bush’s “Vision for Space Exploration” to return astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and someday send them to Mars, some may view China’s entrance into the human exploration of space as a competitive threat, while others may view China as a potential partner.
Date: October 18, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

NASA's Voyager Spacecraft: A Fact Sheet

Description: This report discusses the Voyager 2, which was launched on August 20, 1977, from Cape Canaveral. Their current mission is to extend the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) exploration of the outermost edge of the solar system and the region where the sun’s influence ends.
Date: September 26, 2005
Creator: Gurevitz, Mark
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Space Stations

Description: No Description Available.
Date: August 9, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Space Stations

Description: No Description Available.
Date: August 1, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Space Stations

Description: No Description Available.
Date: May 27, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department