Not wanting to get too far out on a limb, Sunday’s Florida Today features an article headlined “Election may affect NASA future”. The article doesn’t directly address what the next president might do to change space policy, but rather looks at the debate about whether the Ares 1 is the best vehicle to implement NASA’s exploration plans. This provided another opportunity for NASA administrator Mike Griffin to complain that the criticism about the vehicle is just sour grapes from United Launch Alliance:
“It’s just noise. It’s people who would like to sell Atlas 5 trying to use methods outside the market. They are trying to use political methods to get people to buy their product instead of another product,” Griffin said.
“This is not an argument between NASA and anyone else. This is an argument between a losing contractor and a winning contractor by a losing contractor that (thinks) the winner should be overturned,” he said. “Sorry.”
The article does reference a ULA statement that supports the current implementation of the Vision, er, Space Exploration Policy, “including the Ares launch vehicle element that is critical to its success.”
In a related note, a reader points out an AP article about a Hillary Clinton appearance in Houston Saturday night where she reiterated her previous position on NASA. “I believe we need to keep funding our next generation of spacecraft,” the article quoted Clinton as saying. (Interesting, the Houston Chronicle article about her speech made no mention of her statement, despite the obvious local interest in the topic.)