The Space Frontier Foundation today announced a contest for the best suggestion on what Congress could do with the Space Launch System (SLS). This Ridiculous Rocket – truly a Rocket to Nowhere – is a heavy lift launch vehicle with no clear mission and no funded payloads. And one that NASA can’t afford.
People can enter the contest – with a $200 prize – by going tohttp://www.facebook.com/events/283737588393765/
The idea for the contest was inspired by a House Science, Space & Technology Committee hearing scheduled for this Wednesday morning where NASA and industry witnesses will try to convince Congress that all is going well with SLS. But they’ve also invited a top scientist to talk about some of the wonderful Big Science Projects Congress should fund to fly on top of the Ridiculous Rocket.
Like many space organizations, we have called the SLS the Senate Launch System because it was designed in the United States Senate to serve political, rather than space goals.
Even worse, it’s all make-believe. There is very little chance that SLS will ever become operational and none whatsoever that NASA’s budget will ever be big enough to pay to actually launch it and build the ridiculously expensive payloads it enables. And, there are several private sector systems that are cheaper, faster and better.
The facebook event page can be found athttp://www.facebook.com/events/283737588393765/
We wish Congress would take our future in space more seriously, instead of just using it to fund special interests. Until then, though, we’ll make fun of their ridiculous priorities… and their Ridiculous Rocket.