COTS contradictions?

Mike Griffin has made it clear on a number of occasions that, while he is open to international collaboration in the exploration vision, he is not happy with the current state of affairs regarding US dependence on Russians for ISS access and resupply once the shuttle is retired.

“Do not confuse my desire for international […]

Florida state incentives and spaceports

[Catching up on some older material while stuck at the airport]

Last week a committee of the Florida Senate unanimously approved four bills designed to provide various incentives for the space industry in the state. SB 2526 supports the development of an initiative to diversify the state’s space industry. SB 2458 would create a “Space […]

Will the third time be the charm for the Mikulski Miracle?

In her opening statement at a hearing of the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chair of the subcommittee, mentioned the she would again push to add $1 billion to NASA’s budget. “We’re worried about lost opportunities,” she said, evaluating the administration’s 2009 budget proposal, […]

Preparing for life after the shuttle in Florida

While Rep. Dave Weldon is using this week’s release of a report predicting thousands of job losses at the Kennedy Space Center when the shuttle is retired as another reason to extend the shuttle’s life, a couple of major newspapers in the region have called for a different type of legislative relief. In editorials published […]

Mars attacked?

That’s the thrust of the headline on Wired News late today: “House Democrats Plan Attack on NASA’s Mars Mission”. According to the report (once you scroll past an oversized illustration of an Ares 1 launch), “the House Committee on Science and Technology will challenge NASA’s vision for space exploration” during a hearing tomorrow morning. The […]

Feeney and Weldon send out an SOS

That’s “Save Our Shuttle [Jobs]”, of course. On Tuesday, NASA released a shuttle workforce transition report that includes preliminary estimates predicting up to 9,000 jobs, primarily among contractors, that will be cut over the next three years as the shuttle is retired. The vast majority of those cuts—up to 6,400—will be at KSC, as expected. […]

Doc’s bipartisan prescription

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Capitol Hill newspaper Politico, Scott “Doc” Horowitz, the former astronaut and former NASA associate administrator for exploration, called on both Republicans and Democrats to formally support space exploration in their party platforms. “Americans’ support for building on the ‘greatest generation’s’ achievements in space is so broad and deep […]