Study Endorses Senate Launch System as Affordable Near-Term Pork The Space Frontier Foundation today agreed with U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Richard Shelby in their claim that Booz Allen Hamilton’s “Independent Cost Assessment (ICA)” of the Space Launch System shows that SLS “can be initiated within our currently constrained fiscal limitations” and therefore “halt…
Today the US Space Shuttle lifted off successfully for the last time. Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Justice threw quite a going away party by releasing its proposed budget for NASA for Fiscal Year 2012 (which begins this October 1st), and the news is not good. Because of strong pressure to reduce federal spending, the Subcommittee had several billion dollars less to divide up among various departments and agencies. So they had to cut NASA and some key programs that we space activists support.
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies has asked your Member of Congress for their input on what programs in NASA (and other agencies) should receive increased or decreased funding in FY2012. This gives you an opportunity to have your Representative support vital NASA initiatives like Commercial Crew and Space Technology.
The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) have sent an open letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress, requesting funding support for NASA initiatives that embrace NewSpace opportunities. The Space Frontier Foundation applauds SEDS for writing and publishing this letter, and taking their future into their own hands.
The time for the bold is now, not just on the launch pads of New Space but within the government space community as well. It’s time for a New American Space Agenda, and so I, Rick Tumlinson, humbly offer five points of purpose and possibility for change in our national approach to opening space…
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.