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Future Space
 

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What is Future Space?

A strong U.S. human space exploration program is critical to:
  • Leadership: Lack of a unified national space policy and reliable launch capability abdicates our leadership role in space to Russia and China.
  • American jobs: The shuttle retirement cost 10,000 jobs, putting our perishable space industrial base at significant risk. Robust space policy creates jobs.
  • Security: U.S. national security depends on our ability to launch critical payloads into orbit such as intelligence-gathering satellites that provide real-time data to our military forces, helping them identify and respond to security threats.
  • Innovation: Space research has led to significant safety, security and medical breakthroughs such as artificial limbs, infrared ear thermometers, flame retardant materials, wireless headsets and water purification systems.

 

 

NASA priorities must be funded with transparency
  • Future U.S. space exploration success depends on NASA’s commitment to adequately fund their identified priorities for sustainable development, as well as putting systems in place that assure transparency of this funding.
  • SLS funding must not be moved or reduced to fund programs not aligned with our nation’s top space priorities or with Congressional directives .

 

 

Investments in commercial launch providers should be smart and safe
  • Investment in private sector space launch providers promotes efficiencies, but they rely largely on government funding.
  • Relying solely, and at a significant cost to the U.S. taxpayer, on unproven commercial space launch providers who are not meeting commitments risks lives.
  • Promises of future launch performance does not equal actual demonstrated launch performance.

 

 

A level playing field is essential for a healthy competition
  • Competition is successful when all competitors are held accountable to the same standards.
  • Competition winners should be based on facts and demonstrated performance.
  • New companies who wish to compete for U.S. space launch business must be held to the same certification requirements as other companies. Allowing shortcuts to certification for new launch entrants creates a significant risk.

 

In an era of tight budgets, use proven methods to drive down costs

 

  • The best value approach for the USG to fulfill its near-term critical launch needs for DoD and NRO is to implement a block buy acquisition strategy, saving the taxpayer money and stabilizing the supply base.
  • A smarter way to buy space launch services in a budget constrained environment is to develop a unified, government-wide, cross-agency approach to space launch.
  • Partnering with industry, the USG can lower launch costs.

 

 

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