Last Minute Push for Fully Funding NASA Commercial Spacecraft Development

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor

An eclectic lineup of former astronauts, aerospace industry companies, and critics have sent a pair of letters to Congress supporting full funding for NASA’s commercial spacecraft development program in FY 2012. NASA says it needs $850 million to move the Commercial Crew (CCDev) program along so private industry can deliver flights to the International […]

Group Letter From Former Astronauts To Congress Regarding NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Honorable Barbara Mikulski Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 503 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Frank Wolf Chair, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 241 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairwoman Mikulski and Chairman […]

Group Letter To Congress and the Obama Administration Regarding NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

8 November 2011

Dear Members of Congress and the Administration:

We, the undersigned space leaders, are strong supporters of human spaceflight. Among us are former NASA astronauts, executives, and advisors, CEOs and directors of firms large and small, space scientists, space journalists, and others.

We write today to urge you to expedite plans to use […]

President Obama Tries to Explain His Space Policy to Houston

Mark Whittington – Sat Nov 5, 6:56 pm ET

President Barack Obama’s space policy, which included the cancellation of the Constellation space exploration program, fell heaviest on Texas, where NASA’s Johnson Spaceflight Center is located.

Recently, Houston news anchor Dave Ward asked the president about his space policy in regards to Texas.

What did the president say?

President Obama maintained the Constellation program […]

Debating space in Alabama

Last week the two major candidates for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, Republican Mo Brooks and Democrat Steve Raby, participated in a debate hosted by the AIAA in Huntsville. The two are vying to win the seat held by Democrat-turned-Republican Parker Griffith, who lost in the Republican primary to Brooks. Not surprisingly given the district and […]