The National Press Club on NASA TV.
John Holdren introduces the implications of the new course based on NASA’s 2011 budget and Charles Bolden.
Bolden is speaking. NASA’s way forward. Thanks the teams that have worked Constellation for many years.
NASA will now be on a sustainable course.
We want to increase our understanding of the Earth and the Solar System.
A new path for exploring and living in space. $6 Billion in new funds for technology and research.
We have experienced a slow erosion of science missions within NASA. Therefore, this administration needs to re-baseline the science and other missions. 30 % increase in science. 60% increase in Earth science research.
Commercial partnerships with industry to produce safe reliable redundant access to low Earth orbit.
NASA’s role is to catalyze commercial operations and markets.
Industry already launches all our military and national security satellites. They also launch the high value commercial and civilian satellites and spacecraft.
Therefore, NASA is not putting its trust in unproven companies.
Commercial access to space and our international partners. This will let NASA focus on its key role of research on cutting edge technology.
Today, we will have SpaceX and Orbital discuss their roles with NASA. We will also introduce the five companies to whom we just awarded contracts for development:
Credit: NASA TV
The Seven Commercial Partners
Q & A.
1. Goals? What is the timetable and the architecture?
More than a couple weeks but less than years to create the plans. The Moon, Mars, Asteroids are the logical destinations.
2. In orbit fueling? Primary or from Earth?
Being able to launch with a lighter vehicle. The problem is getting out of the gravity well. However, game changing technology: ion engines, VASIMR. Facilitate public discussion on goals and methods.
3. We are abandoning human space flight to the Chinese and others?
We are still the nation with whom everyone wants to partner. We are not abandoning human space flight. We will likely get there quicker than most people think.
4. Columbia accident board. NASA was stretched to thin? Lack of a National mandate?
Apollo 1. Challenger. Columbia. Continuing reminders. Take advantage of technology for destinations as it becomes available.
5. How to keep on budget?
Be a realistic dreamer. But plan to the budget, not try and budget for the plan. We have sufficient funds for what we want to do.
6. Astronauts on commercial vehicles? 60% of astronauts against commercial?
Stick with us if you can. If its not exciting enough, we will help you find your passion. And bear with them.
7. Involvement of Russian companies in partnerships?
Conversation yesterday with Anatoliy Permanov head of the Russian Space Agency Russia will remain a firm partner. Soyuz is excellent. But we will be without redundancy. Retirement of shuttle is the correct thing to do.
8. Job creation in commercial industry?
The more money our new partners receive, the more jobs. But there will be jobs lost and jobs gained. $6 Billion in new funds will translate to jobs.