SpaceX Founder Elon Musk has sent out a letter thanking supporters for helping to delay action on the House NASA funding bill, which provides far less money for commercial space than the Senate version.
Thank You for Supporting the Future of Human Spaceflight
We recently asked for your help to protect the future of human spaceflight â€“ and the response was impressive. Your phone calls and the efforts of supportive members of Congress helped stop the NASA Authorization bill from being pushed through the House of Representatives before important improvements could be made.
This bill would have authorized over five times more taxpayer dollars to fly NASA astronauts on the Russian Soyuz than to develop an American-made commercial alternative that would energize our economy and create jobs right here at home.
We still have a tough fight ahead of us, but many in Congress are starting to recognize that commercial vehicles like Dragon and Falcon 9 are the nationâ€™s best option for ending our reliance on Russia to transport astronauts to the International Space Station and preserving Americaâ€™s leadership role in space.
Itâ€™s not over yet. When the House returns from its summer recess in September, NASA Authorization bill H.R. 5781 will be up for vote again.
We hope you will continue to fight for the opportunity to show how a true public/private partnership can transform Americaâ€™s space program.
We thank you for your support and look forward to working together to ensure an exciting future for American spaceflight.