The Foundation has confidence that the commercial spaceflight industry will be able to move forward after the recent failure of Orb-3 and the SpaceShipTwo tragedy. The hope is that Congress allows the NTSB to finish their investigation before taking any action on the subject. Passing new regulations on impulse could do much more harm than good at this point, having the potential to throttle the industry. Innovative industries have setbacks and early tragedies; it is our duty to push through.
With the recent elections, Republicans have gained a majority in the Senate and will control Congress when the new session begins in January. FY 2015 budget appropriations or a continuing resolution need to be passed by the current Congress. It is not known if the party switch will significantly change space funding. Congress returns to session November 12th.
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