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Don't take chances with NASA

Blown by shifting political winds, the future of NASA has been precarious since it achieved JFK's vision forty years ago. But if a re-authorization isn't passed soon, this premier agency could be really vulnerable to incoming deficit peacocks and tea sipping mad-hatters. In that budget slashing environment, beset by anti-science extremists who detest it and country club zillionaires hungry for greater tax cuts, NASA could conceivably cease to exist. Sounds preposterous, but I've heard rumors from reliable sources that the cat food commission may consider that very possibility.

A bill has already been passed in the Senate which insures the future of NASA. S3729 funds a heavy-lift vehicle and new command capsule to be developed internally with the help of traditional aerospace firms, and invests in emerging commercial space companies right here in the US to dramatically lower the cost of reaching orbit. It is consistent with recommendations from senior NASA leadership, the WH Office of Science and Technology, and the Augustine Commission. The bill codifies US commitment to space exploration and new technologies to literally take us where no one has gone before. But the House is fiddling with their own far worse bill, HR5781, which shortchanges everyone and is DoA in the Senate any way.

S3729 could be passed right now, and signed into law before the mid terms, if Steny Hoyer would bring it up for a vote. We're asking the House for that vote. Let's not take any chances with NASA.

Let's not take any chances. Let's secure NASA's future while we can. Please, call 202-225-3130, FAX 202-225-4300, or email Majority Leader Hoyer, right now, and ask him to stop screwing around with HR5781 and that Senate Bill 3729 be given an up or down vote.

If you want to locate your House Rep, go here to look them up. Call your Congressman today. Ask them to vote against House bill HR5781 or any House-written NASA Authorization bill if it comes to the floor this Friday or next week, and instead vote to pass Senate bill S3729 before the House recesses for the election.

If your Congressman is a Democrat, ask them to contact Majority Leader Hoyer in opposition to any NASA bill other than Senate bill S3729 coming to the floor, and to request that S3729 be brought to the floor for an up or down vote next week.

If your Congressman is a Republican, ask them to contact Minority Whip Eric Cantor in opposition to any NASA bill other than Senate bill S3729 coming to the floor, and to request that S3729 be brought to the floor for an up or down vote next week.

Comments

  • Bill White 4 years ago

    Thank you! I agree with your assessment here and I have contacted my Representative and Mr. Hoyer's office.

  • gaetano marano 4 years ago

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    the “commercial space” CAN’T replace the Space Shuttle and can put the $200 billion ISS under the serious risk to DIE soon!!!

    http://www.ghostnasa.com/posts2/072issdeath.html

    some people are pro-Shuttle, others are against it, but ALL know the DETAILED Space Shuttle data

    some people are pro-Ares1/5, others are against them, but ALL know the DETAILED Ares1/5 NASA studies

    some people are pro-EELVs, others are against them, but ALL know the DETAILED Delta/Atlas/Ariane/etc. data and launches

    well, now, some people are pro “commercial space”, others are against it, but HOW they/we can be PRO or AGAINST it, if they/we STILL don’t know the EXACT data and info of the “commercial” vehicles??????????

    well, SpaceX hasn’t given yet any detailed info and data about the Dragon

    the specs available in the .pdf published on the SpaceX site aren’t so clear

    so, it’s hard to evaluate this vehicle to know what it really can or can’t do

    these are the exact data we need to know from SpaceX about the Dragon:

    - payload adapter mass ________

    - empty service module mass ________

    - service module propellants mass ________

    - empty capsule mass ________

    - ejected nose cone mass ________

    - max ISS pressurized cargo mass ________

    - max ISS unpressurized cargo mass ________

    - max returned cargo mass ________

    - cargo Dragon GLOW ________

    - crewed Dragon GLOW ________

    - Dragon LAS mass ________

    - max crew life support mass ________

    - max crew+seats+spacesuits mass ________

    - max mission autonomy (days) ________

    - max Falcon-9 “dumb” payload to ISS orbit ________

    all data should be in kg. or mT (1000 kg.)

    the data of the crewed Dragon should be for a full, seven astronauts, mission

    could the “commercial” SpaceX give CLEAR data and answers to the space community, the american taxpayers (that will pay $2 billions to SpaceX…) and the (potential) investors?

    remember that NASA and USA should RELY (mainly or only) on the Falcon-9 and Dragon for the next TEN+ years!!!

    just read this article about the NASA “future”:

    http://www.ghostnasa.com/posts2/062nasadecline.html

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  • Steven Andrew 4 years ago

    Gaetano, S3729 isn't a commercial space or an heavy lift or an ISS bill. It's a reasonable compromise with generous funding for all those programs and much more. And the same claim about a lack of operational data could have been made about Apollo or any other idea at some point. Your argument is a specious prescription for stasis and stagnation in pretty much any field of science or engineering.