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Future of Space

 

The [Obama] outline was rejected but now it seems to be coming back in another form… she didn't "want to see another year pass" of NASA stumbling forward "without focus."

Senator Kay Hutchinson
March 15, 2011

 

Clearly, we're closing down the shuttle program and we walked away from Constellation but no one can tell us when we can have a replacement ready.

Senator Marco Rubio
March 15, 2011

NASA Heavy Lift Rocket

 

“The heavy lift vehicle is a necessary step, and probably the most important step, in getting beyond low Earth orbit to other destinations. There are many technologies that are needed for going beyond low Earth orbit to other destinations. Getting off the planet is the hardest part -- step one. And we have done extensive studies over the years to look at various alternatives. Certainly in space fueling can augment what you would do. But ultimately, you have to get fuel off the planet to go into outer space. And one of the biggest components of, say, a Mars mission is the fuel it takes to get there. So in space transportation, efficiencies are important, but we found that even when you sum up all the gains you can get in efficiencies that we know how to get to with technology, some of which we don't currently have in hand, it still may take six or seven heavy lift boosters to get all the hardware… We need our missions beyond Earth orbit, but I think we need to limit those to a time that the economy might dictate. I've heard it said at home that we don't want you guys going to the moon or to Mars or to some other mark out there, wherever, until we can go to the grocery store.”

Douglas R. Cooke
Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
March 30, 2011

We appreciate NASA’s report and look forward to the additional material that was required but not submitted. In the meantime, the production of a heavy-lift rocket and capsule is not optional.

Senator Kay Hutchinson
March 14, 2011

We passed it, the president signed it into law, and now we want that law implemented.

Senator Bill Nelson
December 1, 2010

NASA Space Budget

 

“I read with interest a report that NASA provided saying that they would have difficulty meeting the congressional time schedule at current funding levels. And someone who you used to deal with cost estimations and probabilities associated with cost estimations, I think they were exactly correct. They cannot meet the schedule with sufficient confidence with the funding levels that they have. I think that's very straightforward. And this is not, I should say to be fair, not a new problem. Lack of funding from the administration and the previous administration in which I served also led to cost increases in the program. So, inefficient costing and funding schedules create overall costs to rise. So I don't think that they're now and I think that if they continue to be underfunded, the overall cost of the nation if we continue on that path will be higher. So they need more funding now to make schedule and if they don't get it, you'll see costs go up.”

Scott Pace
Director of Space Policy Institute
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
March 30, 2011

The president’s proposed NASA budget begins the death march for the future of US human spaceflight. If this budget is enacted, NASA will no longer be an agency of innovation and hard science.

Senator Richard C. Shelby
February 8, 2011

NASA Space Taxi

 

Obama's budget does not follow the bipartisan NASA law Congress passed late last year.

Senator Bill Nelson
February 14, 2011

He (Obama) may offer a budget of things he wishes to do, but he's bounded to follow the law.

Congressman John Cuberson
February 14, 2011

Bolden's plans don't change the fact that the president seems willing to hand off Americans dominance in human spaceflight to nations like Russia and China.

Congressman Pete Olson
April 9, 2010

NASA Rockets

 

I will continue to work with the Ohio Congressional delegation on a bipartisan basis to bring the shuttle to its most suitable home: the Air Force Musem at Wright-Patterson.

Senator Sherrod Brown
February 18, 2011

The agency is ‘Just wallowing’ and lawmakers have been concerned about the administration's hostility toward manned spaceflight.

Congressman Frank Wolf
February 14, 2011

NASA Constellation Program

 

The White House has given the perception that the manned space program has been killed, when, in fact it hasn't.

Senator Bill Nelson
February 17, 2010

While Congress considers the President’s Budget request, the Constellation program remains the law of the land and we have repeatedly affirmed that Constellation work should continue.

Senator Kay Hutchison
June 10, 2010

NASA Human Spaceflight Program

 

Senate passage of this comprehensive legislation is a critical milestone that will boost America’s human spaceflight program.

Senator Kay Hutchinson
August 6, 2010

I have no doubt that the president wants to have humans in space and keep American preeminence.

Senator Kay Hutchinson
July 15, 2010

This must not be an ‘either or’ proposition where we are forced to choose between continuing to fly the shuttle to service the station and maintain our independence in reaching space.

Senator Kay Hutchinson
March 4, 2010

We must close the gap in U.S. human space flight or face the reality that we will be totally dependent on Russia for access to space until the next generation of space vehicle is developed.

Senator Kay Hutchinson
March 4, 2010

NASA Authorization Act

 

“… while the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 legislates that a heavy lift launch vehicle and a multipurpose crew vehicle be built, Mr. Maser contends in his testimony -- I think it was page three -- quote, ‘what does not seem to be a consensus within the administration to build these systems.’ And it seems to me that the NASA Authorization Act is being ignored by the administration. If you agree, what do you think Congress should do about it? Perhaps short of holding the administration in contempt of Congress. But what else can we do to get the administration's attention and to get them to follow the law as Congress has passed it?”

Representative Lamar Smith
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
March 30, 2011

“I would like to say that once again, and it is in my testimony and my opening statement, we are at NASA taking authorization act seriously. And we are pursuing the concepts for a Space Launch System and of the crew vehicle. Let me try. Obviously, we're in tough economic times. Budgets are scrutinized. We have to make tough choices. And we do have an authorization act at this point that was passed by Congress and signed by the president that has direction. That is a path forward. And we are addressing that act.

 

The budgets that are available will be negotiated through our normal budget processes between the administration and Congress. And it's my job to implement what we have.

 

And I can tell you that with all our ability, we are trying to make the most of what we're given. And we're -- and in challenging times we are working very hard to gain efficiencies in how we do our work and have extensive efforts within the SLS and MPCV activities to streamline what we do. So we are -- we want to make progress. We want to get to exploration of space beyond low Earth orbit. And within this environment, we -- I guarantee you are working as hard as we can to make progress down that path.”

Douglas R. Cooke
Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
March 30, 2011

NASA and SpaceX

 

This first successful test flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is a belated sign that efforts to develop modest commercial space cargo capabilities are showing some promising signs.

Senator Kay Hutchinson
June 5, 2010

U.S. Space Policy

 

Unfortunately, we have no plan but to rely on the Russians. The administration and budget office just haven't provided the funds to avoid that.

Representative Bart Gordon
August 15, 2008

The concern I've had all along is that we just don't know what the geopolitical landscape will be during those years we have to depend on Russia. You look at the situation now, and relying on Russia looks like a pretty bad idea.

 

Representative Dave Weldon
August 15, 2008

I've been saying for several years that once the Russians have a monopoly on flying astronauts to the station, they could -- and probably would -- use it to pressure the United States for diplomatic purposes," he said. "If the U.S. says no, then they can always find a reason why a Soyuz wouldn't be ready to fly when it's needed.

Representative Thomas Feeney
August 15, 2008

America's space program is best served by the talents of heroes at home, not cosmonauts 5,000 miles away.

Representative Nick Lampson
August 15, 2008

We don't want to deny ourselves access to the space station, the very place we have built and paid ... It's going to be a tougher sell now unless there are critical developments during the next 48 to 72 hours.

Senator Bill Nelson
August 14, 2008

We need a real vision for space exploration ... To help formulate this vision, I'm going to re-establish the National Aeronautics and Space Council so that we can develop a plan to explore the solar system — a plan that involves both human and robotic missions, and enlists both international partners and the private sector. And as America leads the world to long-term exploration of the moon and Mars, and beyond, let's also tap NASA's ingenuity to build the airplanes of tomorrow and to study our own planet so we can combat global climate change. Under my watch, NASA will inspire the world once again.

Senator Barack Obama
August 3, 2008

Chinese Space Exploration

 

“Well, I think it would contribute to a broader perception of American decline. I certainly have run into lots of people who feel that that memo has been sent. And anybody who doesn't understand that America has declined from its best days just doesn't understand the situation. I don't agree with those people. And I have some wonderful arguments with them. I don't mind the Chinese in space so much as I worry about us not being there with them. The rules in space, the norms of space are set by those people who show up, not by those people who aren't there. So I believe that we should be looking for ways to cooperate with China in science efforts. I think -- human space flight is too difficult and too hard for lots of reasons. We should be willing to reach out to them on smaller projects, but ultimately our fate is in our own hands. And we should be the ones in space welcoming the Chinese to work with us in times and places of our choosing not responding to offers of them to work with them at times and places of their choosing.”

Scott Pace
Director of Space Policy Institute
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
March 30, 2011

Space Competitiveness

 

“I just want to tell you that I'm very hopeful that we can preserve our position in space, can keep our word with our foreign partners and realize that we do need our space station and need our leadership.”

Representative Ralph Hall
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
March 30, 2011

International Cooperation

 

“I would like to add that in our work with the internationals we have developed what's called the International Space Exploration Coordination Group which does include 14 space agencies. And that group has developed this lunar architecture that Scott Pace mentioned. We are continuing to work with them on a weekly basis to develop road maps for other destinations. We also talk about potential for flying instruments on each other's spacecraft, to continue collaboration.”

Douglas R. Cooke
Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
March 30, 2011

 

 

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