Sometimes our space program is like a bad zombie movie. As our heroes try and make it through the night, one by one they are picked off by the walking dead. So goes the new space agenda, designed to correct the flaws of the past and breath new life into our human exploration plans, as it faces off with the walking corpse of the Constellation program and its defenders, who are determined to gradually eat away at it until it too joins them in the never ending carnage of our dying dreams to open the frontier of space.
The US space program is in the midst of a historic revolution. The White House’s plan to hand over low Earth orbit activities to the rising US commercial space sector and focus the agency on far ranging exploration goals is a complete re-set of our space program.
What is at stake in the battle for the Frontier is whether the United States will lead the world into space using its most important and powerful weapon and tool, you – the people, or relinquish itself to second or third world status by repeating the failed policies of the past.
The Space Frontier Foundation and NewSpace community voice their support for the 2011 NASA budget put forth by the current administration and denounce the HR-5781 bill. Share “Space for the People” and support the need for a budget focused on innovation and new enterprise, not wasting money on failed projects.
The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) urges every commercial space supporter to take action immediately. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will bring to a vote the NASA re-authorization act. Unfortunately, they have decided to continue the failed policy that is Constellation.
In the coming weeks some in Congress will try to kill America’s future in space as they desperately work to prop up the tax sucking, pork eating, dreamslaying monster known as the Constellation rocket program. Right now a bought and paid for cabal of hypocritical puppets in the House and Senate are trying to prop up this corpse of a dead end plan to go to the Moon and Mars that not only failed to deliver on President Bush’s promise of a permanent US presence in space, but continues to eat the budgets of the very exploration it was meant to support.
The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) called attention today to the latest battle taking place in the US House of Representatives that holds enormous implications for the future of spaceflight. In the next 18 hours, the House leadership will decide whether to allow a vote on the pork-laden House version of the NASA bill or instead pass the better Senate compromise. The SFF asks all commercial space supporters to contact their Congressman. Encourage them to vote ‘No’ on HR 5781 and allow a vote on the Senate version.
A friend of ours in DC describes opposition to the proposed NASA budget as the “homers, haters and boomers.” The homers want as much federal spending as possible in their home state. The haters reflexively oppose anything from an Administration they despise. The boomers are nostalgic for the 60s.
There is something very American about a few patriotic heroes fighting off a massive and established foe bent on crushing their new ideas. Always in such tales there is a moment when the heroic band tastes its first victory and the enemy armies regroup and return to fill the horizon. The “Battle for the Frontier” in Congress is at just such a moment right now.
Members of the House of Representatives are trying to steal away your space frontier future, just to preserve a Constellation Hallucination. As humanity celebrates the 41st Anniversary of that “one small step for man”, leap into action and inform your representatives that commercial space companies will enable America to awe the world once again!