Dispatches from Colorado: Politics, Shuttles and ASATs

Aviation Week’s Frank Morring, Jr. is providing blog updates from the ongoing U.S. Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Morring’s blog posts:

  • review the evolving space policies of the three major U.S. presidential candidates;
  • report on a proposal by former shuttle commander turned Boeing executive Brewster Shaw to keep the space shuttle flying beyond its planned retirement date in 2010; and,
  • reveal that the U.S. Air Force had been assisting the Chinese human spaceflight program with avoiding orbital debris, at least until the Chinese made the problem much worse last year by blowing up a spacecraft with an anti-satellite missile.