This was the night that I thought he may of announced his Kennedyesque moment for spaceflight. Well I guess it was not to be...
Quote from: Rocket Science on 03/01/2017 07:06 AMThis was the night that I thought he may of announced his Kennedyesque moment for spaceflight. Well I guess it was not to be...Although in reality: mentioning a Trillions dollars for infrastructure spending sort of 'Trumped' that. (It would have to be one or the other, not both)Perhaps he's planting the seed (or building the momentum for public opinion). I guess we have to wait for another speech.
A senior administration official also said references to NASA and space travel were dropped at the last-minute due to timing. "We wanted to keep the speech to an hour," this person said. Other details on taxes and border tariffs were also dropped to consolidate the speech, this person said.
In other words, if Trump largely gets his way, it's going to be "Big deficits, here we come!" That would would mean, sooner or later, wide-spread budget cuts.
Let the interpretation begin of the following line from Trump's speech tonight: "American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream."Text of speech here:http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/321699-full-speech-president-trumps-address-to-a-joint-session
Imagine the wonders our country could know in America's 250th year. [...]American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.
The full context of that quote is important here:Quote from: President TrumpImagine the wonders our country could know in America's 250th year. [...]American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.https://twitter.com/NASA/status/836775965653155843
In order for there to be American footprints out there by then there will need to be an awful lot of people employed doing technically impressive things in many and diverse places for most of the interim.
Does that not seem to fit well with his stated goals to get America back to work doing inspiring things?
I would look for reasonable funding for NASA with a new Administrator put in place to clean up the act and get things moving efficiently.
"Trump's call for human space exploration is hugely wasteful and pointless"
My .02 cents:Americans really do not give a flip about HSF. They don't. They want their internet and phones. They want weather and technology. I have done a lot, (a lot), of surveys, campaigning, and retail politics over the past 18 months and NASA is never in the top 10.Now we get a screamer of an asteroid or comet things might change. So with that why would Donald J. Trump talk about space when all of his other issues, which he ran and won on, needed more time?NASA is not a priority for the people right now. I know I am in the minority here but frankly we should be pushing the commercial option. Commercial Rockets to LEO, assemble, and go. $2 billion a launch is a lousy way to go. I honestly thought we would have hit the tipping point but I guess it will be 2018.It is what it is.Fly the Donald to JSC for a speech where we will use ULA, Spacex, and Bigelow to do some neat things in CIS Lunar.