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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #40 on: 03/04/2014 06:36 pm »
Maybe it refers to the EVA component of ARM?

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #41 on: 03/04/2014 06:37 pm »
Commercial Crew proposals received, communications blackout until August.

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #42 on: 03/04/2014 06:38 pm »
Robinson says that $848M for commercial crew would allow them to maintain competition for the next round (CCtCap).

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #43 on: 03/04/2014 06:43 pm »
Robinson says that $848M for commercial crew would allow them to maintain competition for the next round (CCtCap).

My crystal ball says that Congress will move about $200-250M of this over to SLS/Orion, complain about the insistence of continuing competition, continue to insist on using more-traditional (and wasteful) oversight and contracting mechanisms for commercial crew, while at the same time complaining about how Obama's approach is leaving us dependent on the Russians for crew transfer...

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #44 on: 03/04/2014 06:48 pm »
Robinson says that $848M for commercial crew would allow them to maintain competition for the next round (CCtCap).
More questions (some up).

Yes, heard that part "maintain competition in this program".     Can't see the increase accepted with Congress. Look for a quick down select pushed by congress.

CctCap is currently in a  Blackout period atm until late summer
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Q Need for the additional 250 million?
A stronger competition, reduce risk. Requests from congress have received lower amounts
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Q is the additional 250 million part of the budget base or on top of it?

A  On top of the base amounts.

Translation (sum up)  This budget is going for over a Billion dollars for Commercial crew.
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #45 on: 03/04/2014 06:49 pm »
Seth Borenstein (AP): Europa Mission mentioned, how big? When? Why Europa? Also, 3rd straight cut to planetary, can you explain?

Bolden: Budget reflects 2010 agreement with congress. Calls $5B "balanced approach" mentions "pathways to mars" Defends science budget as is.
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #46 on: 03/04/2014 06:51 pm »
Ukraine questions (sum up)

How does that affect NASA.      Every thing is normal with the Russians.    Intact and normal.

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More questions Bolden
"Monitor the situation" on the ground.   dictates atm we don't see any reason to do so.
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #47 on: 03/04/2014 06:51 pm »
Q: Comment on Ukraine, especially RE: commercial crew.

A: Bolden: "partnership in space remains normal" talks about being unenthusiastic about flying with Russians before he met Cosmonauts. edit: I want to get the actual quote in here because I haven't done it justice. Basically, Bolden was talking about being selected for STS-60 and, as a Marine, not being too happy about working with the Russians, but then changing his mind after meeting Sergei Krikalev.

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #48 on: 03/04/2014 06:55 pm »
Robinson says that there will be a BAA for a capturing mechanism for the asteroid mission.

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #49 on: 03/04/2014 06:56 pm »
Q: What's in budget request that's unique to ARM? (SEP and dection efforts have multiple uses)

Bolden: Everything is in support of pathways to Mars, via ISS, testing SLS/Orion beyond moon, etc. Bolden basically says that this is desirable that the ARM components could have multiple possible applications.

Robinson: There is money for capture mechanism, Cubesat flyby (?), concept studies to select mission architecture.
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #50 on: 03/04/2014 06:58 pm »
Frank from Aviation Week: Is there contingency planning for Antares components?

Bolden: All relations are nominal. Remarks that there was no interruption during Georgia crisis.

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #51 on: 03/04/2014 07:01 pm »
Cowing: Inspiration Mars asking for an SLS. "Would you ever approve of such a mission."

Bolden: "We all agree that SLS is critical for deep space exploration." Takes a second to plug commercial crew.

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #52 on: 03/04/2014 07:07 pm »
Robinson says that the extra $250M for commercial crew from the Opportunity fund would help in maintaining competition in that program even further.
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #53 on: 03/04/2014 07:07 pm »
Irene Klotz from Reuters: "how much is being requested for Europa mission?" "explain additional commercial crew funding" "Confirm no contingency planning for Antares"

Robinson: Mission still in pre-formulation, no conclusion on mission size. Targeting launch in 2020s. $250M supplemental for commercial crew would buy competition, reduce risk. Base budget would maintain "some aspects of competition" Been informed by independent cost assessment.

Bolden: "Everything is nominal, continue to monitor the situation."
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #54 on: 03/04/2014 07:10 pm »
Q from Twitter: "how does NASA plan to involve other nations in ARM or mars missions?"

Bolden (really happy to take this one): International partnerships are critical, talks about global exploration roadmap. Lots of interest from all kinds of countries.

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #55 on: 03/04/2014 07:14 pm »
Q: requests clarification of base vs supplemental ("the initiative") request

Robinson: Base budget fits within existing budget caps. "Opportunity Growth Security Initiatve" would be on top of that.

Q: What led to mothballing SOFIA?

Bolden: "We had to make choices" Bolden talks about planetary budget, Hubble, JWST. SOFIA has done very well, but chose to focus on other areas. Looking to get as much science possible in rest of year.

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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #56 on: 03/04/2014 07:19 pm »
Marcia Smith: Compare proposed vs current ARM funding?

Robinson: FY14: $40M in HEO for new tech, 38M for SEP tech demo. FY15: $40M in HEO, SEP goes up to $93M.

$20M in SMD for detection. $7M in Technology Directorate for grants, etc.


Florida Today: What would be impact on Commercial Crew if budget is not passed in a timely fashion, or if not fully funded?

Bolden: This budget will not affect current selection process (that's in FY2014), execution is impacted by FY2015 budget. Selection will occur before this budget approved.

... telecon went down for me.
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #57 on: 03/04/2014 07:27 pm »
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Re: NASA FY 2015 Budget
« Reply #58 on: 03/04/2014 07:28 pm »
It was almost over. There was another question about Russia. Bolden said that there was no contingency plan for the time being for the reasons that he mentionned before. If a contingency plan is needed in the future, they will make one. But for now the program continues as before.

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« Reply #59 on: 03/04/2014 07:30 pm »
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