Quote from: Chris Bergin on 09/20/2010 05:12 PMUnavoidable, and it was always going to be the case, but I think we're all fed up with it. I have no idea how 51D etc manage to keep fighting, as it's a drain just reading this thread When you truely love someone or something, it's not just about the good times. It's the bad times too. He truely loves the American HSF program.
Unavoidable, and it was always going to be the case, but I think we're all fed up with it. I have no idea how 51D etc manage to keep fighting, as it's a drain just reading this thread
“It is a great pleasure to see progress being made in Europe in the field of space exploration relying on key technologies developed for human spaceflight.”, affirmed Mrs. Di Pippo, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight.“As we prepare ourselves to join the US, Russia and Japan in the decision to utilize the International Space Station (ISS) for ten more years and beyond, we are preparing the next steps and we are working to position Europe at the level of its competences and capabilities within the global exploration undertaking. With a strong and successful presence in LEO, the Moon is the next natural goal on our common path to further destinations. Europe is actively and successfully present in these global projects, like ISS and exploration, which contribute to affirm our role as a modern, dynamic and innovation-driven continent.”, she added.
Congressman Bart Gordon (Chairman Of The House OF Representatives NASA Authorization Committee) says he's "very optimistic" about the completion in a few days of the NASA Autorization Bill. http://www.space.com/news/nasa-space-policy-congress-hurdles-100920.html
"They haven't worked out anything yet, and that's a dangerous situation," said Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, the top Republican on the science committee and an ardent supporter of NASA. "I have preferences for what I want, but I'll take the House bill. I'll take the Senate bill rather than no bill."
Is it the House or Senate bill?
Would be a good time for another poll- Obama FY2011- Senate bill- House bill- CRi'd vote for the CR, as of now.
This could easily be the worst of all possible worlds, no matter what your view on the next path NASA could take. No one is going to risk making any big strides or taking any big decisions when the overall direction could change as early as the start of next year. So, we'll just have the various CxP sub-projects spinning their wheels as bits of infrastructure disappear and the gap gets ever wider.At this rate, commercial will win by default because it is going to be the only thing still seriously in development.
For opponents of SDLV/HLV this is actually a reason to support a CR.
Would we be talking days, weeks or months to get an enacted authorization/policy bill signed by the President?