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Subcommittee on Space Hearing - Private Sector Lunar Exploration
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:00am
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
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Subcommittee on Space (115th Congress)
Private Sector Lunar Exploration

Hearing Charter

Witnesses:

Mr. Jason Crusan, director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA
Mr. Bob Richards, founder and CEO, Moon Express, Inc.
Mr. John Thornton, chief executive officer, Astrobotic Technology, Inc.
Mr. Bretton Alexander, director of business development and strategy, Blue Origin
Dr. George Sowers, professor, space resources, Colorado School of Mines

https://science.house.gov/legislation/hearings/subcommittee-space-hearing-private-sector-lunar-exploration

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Just got round to listening to this.

Rep. Rohrabacher seems a little confused.  About 1:22, he goes on about how "the mission to Mars" is unaffordable, but the "mission to the Moon" is affordable.  But he seems to be confusing sending humans to Mars with sending robots to the moon.

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Rep. Rohrabacher seems a little confused.  About 1:22, he goes on about how "the mission to Mars" is unaffordable, but the "mission to the Moon" is affordable.  But he seems to be confusing sending humans to Mars with sending robots to the moon.

He's not confused at all, he's just opining on the correct direction for human spaceflight, like usual. Considering that Blue Origin was there pitching Lunar COTS while trying to stay on-topic, it's good that someone talked about it.
Jeff Bezos has billions to spend on rockets and can go at whatever pace he likes! Wow! What pace is he going at? The slowest possible.

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One of the interesting issues that was mentionned during the hearing is when a Congressman asked what else Congress could do (besides what they already did in the 2015 U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act) to provide a legal framework for property rights for resource utilization. Brett Alexander of Blue Origin essentially said: nothing domestically but he suggested that internationally more certainty was needed for space resource utilization.

I agree with him. The the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (and its Luxembourg equivalent) were steps in the right direction but they shouldn't be the only steps.

P.S. Here is a text of the the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (incidentally, Bridenstine was a co-sponsor of that bill):
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2262/text
« Last Edit: 09/19/2017 07:42 PM by yg1968 »

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