NASA’s fiscal 2018 budget request appears to have been written in a vacuum. Absent clear guidance from a distracted White House, space policy is being set by senior NASA managers and low-level White House staffers with only vague guidelines to follow. This seems to be true of the approach taken in the new request for pushing satellite-servicing technology into the private sector. One of the few deviations from the ongoing civil-space program in NASA’s request is termination of ...

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