“For now, keep doing what you are doing. The Shuttle Team’s execution of the mission, in concert with the ISS Team, is providing stability to the Agency. It is needed at this point in time and truly demonstrates NASA’s competencies to our country and our lawmakers.”
“You heard General Bolden say he wants redundant access – but when we stand down that fleet, that redundant access is gone and it becomes a foreign monopoly.“The shuttle is the most capable vehicle we’ve ever had. I would challenge anyone who would say it’s unsafe. Clearly they do not know what we do – day in, day out – to make sure that every mission the fleet is as safe as it could possibly be.”
Gibson was an interesting choice to testify. He was CDR of STS-61C, with PLT Bolden and then-Rep. Nelson.
Mr Snyder also pointed towards one of the Augustine Committee recommendations
Chris,minor point...QuoteMr Snyder also pointed towards one of the Augustine Committee recommendationsI thought the committee was supposed to come up with options without actually recommending?Martin
Thanks much Relinked it in the article, but Mr Snyder's testimony is online:http://commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=fe53d516-dd6b-4db5-ba9f-b86b47ddaefd
ASAP) report, which cited a need to recertify the fleet in the event of an extension, due to safety concerns. This is directly in contradiction to SSP manager Mr Shannon, who has twice gone on the record to refute the ASAP requirement by noting the recertification work that has taken place on the fleet after the Columbia disaster.SNIPIt is highly questionable as to why General Bolden would cite the ASAP report on shuttle extension – in contradiction to his own managers – whilst dismissing the majority of the ASAP findings that were made in the same report, findings which supported Ares I and held grave misgivings about crew safety in relation to commercial vehicles.
I too found it strange he would side with the ASAP on shuttle, but not Ares or Commercial. He can have his own opinion, explain how his own SSP is wrong, but to use the ASAP, questionable is a good choice of words.
"once again heard the NASA administrator position himself in opposition to an extension – mainly by citing the costs involved, even though he classed the $9 billion invested into the cancelled Constellation Program – potentially less than it would cost to extend shuttle to 2015 – as a “good investment”."So true and so transparent.