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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #260 on: 01/25/2017 09:25 PM »
They are typical conspiracy theory hacks that think that anybody in "Green Energy" is a Obama darling.  Forgetting that when jobs are involved the support for "Green Energy" cuts across party lines.

Not to put too much of a fine point on it, but who exactly do you think is going to be in the White House next year? 

Why is it that everyone seems happy to point out that NASA's earth observation program is likely to be gutted next year, but somehow Elon Musk is safe? How? It's paint-by-numbers obvious that he's in big trouble with this administration.

How is that Musk is paint-by-numbers in big trouble with the Trump Administration but he keeps getting invited to meet with Trump?    ???

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/24/elon-musk-surprise-winner-under-trump.html

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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #261 on: 01/25/2017 09:34 PM »
Maybe things changed in the last two months. Although many think Musk isn't that polished as a speaker, that's not the same as not being politically competent.
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #262 on: 01/25/2017 09:50 PM »
People love to underestimate Musk for some reason.
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #263 on: 01/26/2017 08:01 AM »
That's just the usual money pump. So far there's no indication the tide has changed.
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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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #264 on: 01/26/2017 08:21 AM »
While logically I absolutely understand that it is crucial that Elon and SpaceX (and of course Tesla and Solar City) get on the right side of the new government, and I think it is the right thing to do, the picture up thread of Elon and Trump at the same table just gives me a queasy feeling in the stomach. Wernher von Braun saw the necessity to arrange himself with the German government to built his rockets, too. :(
Maybe I'm just a bit over sensitive, being German born, and sometimes weighed down by the sins of our grandfathers.

Sorry, OT...

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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #265 on: 01/26/2017 01:58 PM »
That's just the usual money pump. So far there's no indication the tide has changed.

Still not following how it is "paint-by-number obvious" that Musk is in big trouble with the Trump administration. 
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #266 on: 01/26/2017 03:46 PM »
Unless we are suggesting that Elon Musk should be the next NASA Administrator, discussions about Elon belong over in the SpaceX section.
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #267 on: 01/26/2017 03:47 PM »
Space policy belongs in the space policy section. Not in SpaceXx section. New thread.
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #268 on: 01/26/2017 04:41 PM »
Space policy belongs in the space policy section. Not in SpaceXx section. New thread.
What thread exactly? I may not be seeing it, but I'm not sure a thread with the topic "how tight is Elon with Donald?" belongs anywhere on NSF.
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #269 on: 01/26/2017 05:13 PM »
Space policy belongs in the space policy section. Not in SpaceXx section. New thread.
What thread exactly? I may not be seeing it, but I'm not sure a thread with the topic "how tight is Elon with Donald?" belongs anywhere on NSF.
It may not belong anywhere, but certainly not the SpaceX section.
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #270 on: 02/08/2017 11:28 PM »
Great insight into Bridenstine's thinking from series of Jeff Foust's Tweets:

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Awaiting the luncheon speaker at #CST2017, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), widely considered a leading candidate for NASA Administrator.

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Bridenstine starts talking about growth of Chinese human spaceflight and lunar exploration plans. #CST2017

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Bridenstine: “I might say we’re being gouged” by Russia for flying astronauts to ISS on Soyuz vehicles for $80M+ each. #CST2017

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Bridenstine: it is our job to make America great again in space. We have a secret weapon: comm’l space industry. #CST2017

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Bridenstine reiterating calls for civil space situational awareness and regulatory certainty (opposite of what Babin said y’day). #CST2017

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Bridenstine: gov’t needs to work with comm’l sector in various ares, from wx data purchase to on-orbit servicing. #CST2017

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Bridenstine: critical for nat’l security interests and national power for the US to return to the Moon, with comm’l cooperation. #CST2017

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Bridenstine: FAA/AST is not being adequately funded, and your [comm’l launch] industry is paying the price. #CST2017

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Bridenstine: AST should be moved out of FAA back to under Sec. of Transportation; Trump could do this with exec action. #CST2017

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Bridenstine: should not be the Air Force’s job to be the “FAA of space” by tracking objects and providing collision warnings. #CST201

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Bridenstine: need clear reg. process with minimal burden to provide certainty for non-traditional comm’l space activities. #CST2017

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Bridenstine: will introduce a new version of American Space Renaissance Act space policy bill. Talk more about at Space Symposium. #CST2017

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Bridenstine didn’t say what might happen to the bill if he were to, say, become NASA administrator. (Beyond “Oh, Jeff…”) #CST2017 #itried

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust

Sorry for the long series, but Jeff does a great job of picking highlights. 
Anyone have access to the entire talk?


Here is text of the bill:
https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr4945/BILLS-114hr4945ih.pdf
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #271 on: 02/09/2017 05:39 AM »
Thanks for posting those. A few last tweets worth capturing:

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Bridenstine, on differing views with Rep. Babin on regulatory issues: we’ll eventually find agreement, not there yet. #CST2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/829401511264473090

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Bridenstine: I care about space in part because of importance tp my constituents; they rely on warnings based on weather data. #CST2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/829404194629099524

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Bridenstine: SLS/Orion is absolutely critical to America’s future preeminence in space. Fully support them. #CST2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/829404446660689920

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Bridenstine: We will soon have no privacy in low earth orbit. We have to be pre-eminent in beyond GEO and cislunar space.
https://twitter.com/rand_simberg/status/829405429604163585

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Rep. Bridenstine (R-OK) gave an outstanding speech at FAA Conf today. Very knowledgable on the issues and with a clear vision for space.
https://twitter.com/waynehale/status/829401346998751239

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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #272 on: 02/09/2017 03:35 PM »
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Yesterday I spoke at the 20th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference. Here are my remarks #CST2017

https://twitter.com/repjbridenstine/status/829722523579330561


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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #273 on: 03/09/2017 11:00 PM »
NASA Watch:
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Indeed @SciGuySpace Ever wonder what is holding up the whole @RepJBridenstine @NASA Administrator announcement thing? Answer: Alabama Mafia.

Eric Berger:
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Whooboy. Seems like Alabama politicians are once again Alabama politicking when it comes to US spaceflight. Story coming.

https://twitter.com/NASAWatch/status/839983596077273088
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #274 on: 03/09/2017 11:08 PM »
You know, I was really excited when General Bolden became administrator.  I was fortunate to be able to talk to him for about 5 minutes at a Astronaut Scholarship function.  I wished him well and told him I supported him (not that it mattered or that he would remember the conversation), and talked a litte about how I would like to see the future unfold.

But now I pretty much think, except maybe for Jim Webb, they don't matter that much in the scheme of things.  The last few of them seem to start well enough, founder, and then are happy to get out of the race.

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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #275 on: 03/09/2017 11:16 PM »
You know, I was really excited when General Bolden became administrator.  I was fortunate to be able to talk to him for about 5 minutes at a Astronaut Scholarship function.  I wished him well and told him I supported him (not that it mattered or that he would remember the conversation), and talked a litte about how I would like to see the future unfold.

But now I pretty much think, except maybe for Jim Webb, they don't matter that much in the scheme of things.  The last few of them seem to start well enough, founder, and then are happy to get out of the race.

It has got to be frustrating... having great swaths of the agency shoved around by politicians (like the 'Alabama Mafia' noted above) so that appropriations land in the 'appropriate' district.
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #276 on: 03/10/2017 03:36 AM »
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Bridenstine himself, meanwhile, received a vote of confidence from Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA.

“I strongly support his application to become the new NASA administrator,” Culberson said at the transportation subcommittee hearing. “Jim would do a superb job with that position and I strongly express my endorsement and support for your work. I hope to see you become the new NASA administrator and I look forward to helping you in that role.”

http://spacenews.com/bridenstine-calls-upon-house-appropriators-to-fund-military-space-programs-and-faa-commercial-space-office/

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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #277 on: 03/21/2017 01:18 PM »
Bridenstine to speak:
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Likely NASA Administrator nominee Rep. James Bridenstine (R-OK) will be the luncheon speaker at a Washington Space Business Roundtable event in downtown Washington DC at noon EDT today.
http://nasawatch.com/archives/2017/03/likely-nasa-adm.html
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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #278 on: 03/22/2017 06:21 AM »
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Q: are we any closer to having a NASA administrator?
Bridenstine: I think so, and leave it at that.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/844230962355617792

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This, I am told, is significant.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/844364179431657472

I hope there's an announcement soon but I won't be holding my breath.

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Re: Who should be the next NASA Administrator?
« Reply #279 on: 03/23/2017 12:33 AM »
More about Bridenstine:

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Cruz also offered an indirect endorsement of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) for the position of NASA administrator. “We agree on just about everything,” Cruz said of Bridenstine, who had endorsed Cruz during the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination. “I, for one, am excited about the possibilities that he may be serving in a different capacity some time very soon.”

http://spacenews.com/cruz-plans-new-nasa-authorization-and-commercial-launch-bills/
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