Another sign of tight NASA budgets ahead


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From Jeff Foust: Another sign of tight budgets ahead.

The possibility that NASA’s budget might cut by several billion doesn’t bother me a bit. Unlike it seems everyone else, I ain’t gonna be one of those who says “We need to cut the federal budget, but just don’t cut MY favorite program.” NASA shouldn’t be immune to cuts. In fact, NASA could easily lose the several billion dollars per year that’s going to be wasted on the program-formerly-called-Constellation.

And if Congress decided to cut the subsidies to the new commercial space companies as well, I probably wouldn’t cry that much over that either. I think these companies can make it on their own. I think there is a market for their product. By taking NASA’s money up front, they are then forced to take NASA supervision, something I think will be very damaging in the long run.

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  • Fred Willett

    NASA funding commercial crew may be damaging but NASA needs their services urgently.
    If Boeing, SpaceX et al can actually do the work of delivering crew and cargo to ISS then it frees up NASA to concentrate on the more important business of not building rockets. After all failing to build something is only sustainable if there is no need to actually build it.
    Imagine how it would look if NASA failed to build a rocket that was actually needed. In that case people might begin to think that NASA didn’t know what they were doing.
    People might think not building rockets has become NASA’s way of life.
    We can’t have that.

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