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Today’s Deep Space Extra

1 Oct 2021, 18:13 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Continuing resolution prevents government shutdown and provides disaster relief for NASA and other agencies. Another company intends to enter the small satellite launch business.
President signs CR keeps government operating and funds disaster reliefSpacepolicyonline.com (9/30): President Biden on Thursday signed a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep federal agencies functioning until December 3. Federal agencies, including NASA, will continue to spend at 2021 appropriation levels, avoiding a shutdown and a worker furlough for about two months. Action Thursday also provided $28.6 billion for disaster relief stemming from hurricanes and wildfires. NASA received $321.4 million in disaster relief funds to address damage from Hurricanes Ida and Zeta.
Blue Origin under fireSpacepolicyonline.com (9/30): An essay published yesterday by 21 current and former Blue Origin employees accuse top company officials of sexual harassment and a lax safety culture. “Many of this essay’s authors say they would not fly on a Blue Origin vehicle,” says the document. Blue Origin countered the allegations saying, “We stand by our safety record and believe that New Shepard is the safest space vehicle ever designed or built.” In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that “The FAA takes every safety allegation ...

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