Post-election Space

Up late watching election returns .... Hmm, didn't hear a single exit poll result that included the words "commercial space." OK, so this was not among the nation's top ten, or even twenty mid-term election issues. What are the implications of the big Congressional changeover for space interests? We will see.

Meanwhile, as we await the final results on the Senate side, Space Politics contemplates some effects of the democratic takeover of the House on space issues. Uh-oh. Looks like Rep. Oberstar gets himself a chairmanship. We know about the congressman and his space regulatory activities. I agree with Jeff, there's not much in last month's GAO report to fuel Oberstar's desire to amend CSLAA. But then, he didn't need much encouragement before.

Ok, (not to change the subject, but...) a few non-election items today:

  • As I've noted, this is the week Ukraine hosts the UN Workshop on Space Law. The focus this time: Status, Application and Progressive Development of International and National Space Law. Space Law Probe sends greetings (Pyvit!) to Kyiv. And I'll post the workshop proceedings as they become available.

  • Speaking of the UN, here is a brief update from the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) which met in Vienna Nov. 1-2, "to review and discuss Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and their potential applications."

  • Gerry Oberst of Hogan & Hartson looks at the reaction of European satellite operators to the apparent resurfacing of old-time "landing rights." (Via Satellite, Nov 2006)

  • India's space agency has approved a manned space mission. SLP says शुभ कामनाएँ

  • Senior Policy Analyst Damon Wells will give talk at the Nov 16 Washington Space Business Roundtable gathering on The President's Space Policy: The Facts, The Truth, and The Myths. And I agree with Keith Cowing and folks who are incredulous that OSTP makes parts of this off the record. Really now.

    I'll save some items for later (in the event I post a Friday Flybys this week).

    Meanwhile, perhaps someone ought to offer Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi a complimentary sub-orbital flight? That should give her some great perspective on new directions in space business.

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