The Obama Administration released an update of the National Science Transportation Policy last week. The policy was widely praised for emphasizing commercial space transportation while at the same time directing NASA to focus on deep space exploration.
Below are reactions from key groups followed by a fact sheet released by the White House.
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds the clear vision of this Policy, which includes strong continued support for the use of competitive commercial space services. (more…)
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) today announced veteran aerospace communicators George Torres of ATK and Mary Engola of Ball Aerospace will lead the Coalition in 2013. Torres will serve as the new chair and Engola will continue her role as the deputy chair. Each will serve a one-year term, effective January through December 2013.
Torres works as the vice president of communications for ATK’s Aerospace Group. He has broad experience in communications across the aerospace industry, and previously led communications organizations at Rockwell International, Boeing, Hughes Space and Communications Company, and The Aerospace Corporation. A published author, Torres has written two books on the space program and was the recipient of the Journalism Award of Excellence from the Aviation/Space Writers Association for these efforts.
CSE PR — During this historic time of change within the space industry, the Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) wants to hear from the American public about what they envision for the future of space exploration. The Coalition is launching a contest based on a simple question, “What’s Next?” Participants are encouraged to share their ideas for the future direction of America’s space program in a video. The creator of the winning video entry wins an iPad2.
Entries must be submitted by Oct. 17. From there, the public will vote on the best videos. The top five videos will become semi-finalists and a panel of judges from the Coalition will crown the winner. Entries will be housed on the Coalition website, with the winner’s entry moving on to Washington, DC to be shared with national leaders.
Entrants are encouraged to share their vision for the future of space exploration, keeping in mind a few key facts:
We are poised to utilize our tremendous experience and expertise gained from a successful Space Shuttle program.
The International Space Station is breaking through technological and research barriers, making extraordinary science available to the general public.
The space industry is burgeoning with forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are about to change the way we access and travel to space.
As the industry evolves, clear, exciting goals and challenging timelines are needed to foster the exploration and development of space. The Coalition wants citizens to speak out about what they feel should be next for space exploration with a 1-2 minute video entry. Written ideas are also welcome as posts on the “What’s Next?” blog.
CHALLENGER CENTER PR — Today the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) joins the Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) as a Partner level member to educate and inspire a new generation of aerospace workers and space explorers. The announcement was made at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Orlando.
Two veteran aerospace communicators will lead the Coalition for Space Exploration’s Public Affairs Team in 2010. Aerojet’s Glenn Mahone and Jacobs Technology’s Jeannie Kranz were recently named the organization’s new chair, and deputy chair, respectively. Each will serve a one-year term, effective January through December 2010.
On the opening day of the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, the Coalition for Space Exploration added some well-known names to its Advisory Board. The list includes four former astronauts, two Congressmen and a prominent space journalist.
Recent developments concerning the economic stimulus bill are cause for serious concern for NASA’s funding needs. A vote in the Senate is imminent and the outcome for NASA is imperative. NASA needs robust funding and the agency was poised to receive $1.5 billion from the Senate stimulus package, which would have been a step in the right direction. Now, a proposed 50 percent cut puts NASA’s programs at risk and in potential turmoil.