Capitol Hill Policy Update for August 18th through September 1st, 2014

Capitol Hill Policy Update for August 18th through September 1st, 2014

September 1, 2014 Space Policy News

August 18th through September 1st, 2014


NASA to Choose CCiCap Award Winners in Late August or Early September


Boeing’s CCiCap program vehicle: The CST-100.

   Out of the four companies competing for the multibillion-dollar Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) program, Boeing Co. is the only one to have completed key reviews of their design. The other competitors Space Exploration Technologies and Sierra Nevada Corp., have successfully extended their review deadlines until May of 2015. Boeing projects initial flight tests to begin in 2017. The Foundation supports commercial competition and we are looking forward to seeing the results of the program in the upcoming weeks.


SLS Demands More Funding, Launches Pushed Back, Supporters Blame Lack of Cooperation and Funding

       NASA announced that initial launches of SLS may be pushed back until late November of 2018. Chairman Smith (R-TX) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS) put blame on the Administration and NASA for the delays due to a lack of funding. SLS has accounted for nearly 50% of NASA’s Exploration operating budget for FY 2014 while commercial crew was allocated 15% of those funds. It is the belief of the Foundation that clear missions need to be proposed and investigated financially. With current information, it appears that the cost of SLS could be better used for human exploration.


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