Sunday’s edition of Florida Today features excerpts of an interview with Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), including some discussion of space policy issues. Posey doesn’t break much new ground here, defending his vote on an appropriations bill that included language calling on NASA to immediately downselect to one or two commercial crew providers. He compares it to building a house on a $100,000 budget: “Do you hire one contractor to build your $100,000 house? Or do you hire four contractors and say, see how far you can go for $25,000 each?” (The language calling for that immediate downselect has been superseded, at least for now, by an agreement between NASA and key House appropriator Frank Wolf that will allow NASA to make “two and a half” awards using Space Act Agreements.)
Posey also reiterated hie belief that the Moon should be a space exploration goal, primarily because of perceived military implications. “The moon, first and primarily, is the military high ground,” he said. “We know the Russians want to colonize the moon. The Chinese are going to colonize the moon — they’ve said so.” In the excerpts, at least, he doesn’t elaborate on the military advantage of colonizing the Moon versus other space activities Earth orbit or elsewhere in cislunar space.