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  • Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, announces retirement

    Bart LeahyMarch 13th, 2018

    After a 31-year career at NASA, Robert Lightfoot is retiring effective April 30, 2018. For 14 months, he has been serving as the U.S. space agency's acting administrator and promises to work with the Trump administration to ensure a smooth transition to the next administrator.

  • Acting Administrator talks FY2019 NASA budget at Marshall

    Scott JohnsonFebruary 14th, 2018

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- On Monday, February 12, the Trump administration released its 2019 fiscal year (FY19) budget request. NASA, via a presentation by its Acting Administrator, Robert Lightfoot, at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) highlighted NASA portions of the request.

  • NASA officials detail FY 2018 budget proposal

    Derek RichardsonMay 24th, 2017

    The Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the federal government on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Much of what was proposed for NASA remains the same as what was seen in the “skinny budget” back in March, including the elimination of the agency’s Office of Education and several Earth Sciences missions.

  • NASA: No crew to fly on EM-1

    Jason RhianMay 13th, 2017

    NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot and other NASA officials provided an overview of the feasibility study of having crew fly on the first flight of the agency's new super-heavy-lift rocket – the Space Launch System (SLS). Both the studies primary areas came up with one answer to the question of whether astronauts could be included on the mission: No.

  • NASA leaders visit Lockheed Martin in Littleton

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 9th, 2017

    On April 5, 2017, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and other top agency officials visited Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, to see progress on the various missions the company is working on.

  • NASA studying the possibility of adding crew to EM-1

    Curt GodwinFebruary 16th, 2017

    On Feb. 15, 2017, Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator, announced that he was ordering a study on the feasibility of adding a crew to Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). This would mark a significant change from the agency's current mission roadmap, which has EM-1 flying uncrewed in 2018, with crew ultimately launching several years later on EM-2.

  • NASA leadership in transition after resignation of Administrator Bolden

    Bart LeahyJanuary 26th, 2017

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden resigned on Jan. 20, 2017, following the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. NASA’s associate administrator and former Marshall Space Flight Center director, Robert Lightfoot, has stepped in to serve as acting administrator until a new one is nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

  • NASA reaches out to private companies for ARM ideas

    Collin SkocikOctober 26th, 2015

    NASA is reaching out to American industry for innovative ideas to support its Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM), the portion of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) in which a robotic spacecraft will rendezvous with an asteroid and retrieve a boulder to be brought to lunar orbit for later study.

  • NASA selects ‘Option B’ for Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Collin SkocikMarch 28th, 2015

    NASA has announced that it has selected “Option B” for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (more commonly referred to as ARM), meaning that rather than towing an entire asteroid into lunar orbit, it will instead retrieve a boulder from an asteroid and bring it into a distant retrograde lunar orbit. Using Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), an […]