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An outline of the cuts NASA would do if sequestration occurs on March 1 includes shutting down commercial crew while leaving the Space Launch System untouched.

An outline of the cuts NASA proposes if sequestration occurs on March 1 includes shutting down commercial crew while leaving the Space Launch System untouched.

I am in favor of sequestration, as it will only bring NASA’s budget back to the numbers the agency received in 2005, numbers that were then totally sufficient to build Constellation and fly the shuttle. Now that the cost of the shuttle is gone there should be sufficient cash today for everything NASA wants to do.

To favor the very expensive and not very useful SLS system over the new commercial crew contracts however is madness. I suspect this letter is meant as a lobbying sledge hammer to try to convince Congress to cancel sequestration. If it is serious, however, than say good-bye to any manned American spacecraft for at least another few years, as I expect the new private companies will not disappear, but their effort will be slowed significantly as they search for alternative funding.

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2 comments

  • wodun

    It is fear mongering like when your local city council says the first thing they will cut are police, firefighters, and teachers unless taxes are raised, again.

    Maybe NASA’s hands are tied in the matter of where to make cuts but if they aren’t someone needs to take out best and brightest out to the woodshed for a little talk.

  • Kelly Starks

    >..includes shutting down commercial crew while leaving the Space Launch System untouched.

    Given Congress and Senate have repeatedly stated the Space Launch System is their highest priority for the agency, and NASA and CBO has been saying for years how COTS CRS turned out to boost cost per pound to ISS, and SpaceX proves commercials not viable – CC being cut to support SLS was virtually certain regardless of sequester..

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