Just like everything else he does, Barack Obama is sending mixed signals when it comes to his plans for NASA. At first he basically said that he would not be funding the next generation shuttle program. Then he signaled he would not push for an extension of the current shuttle program. He has flipped, then flopped on his flip. The bottom line here is I don’t think he can be trusted to support the advancement of space exploration. Barack Obama is all about welfare and the give away. He wants to make NASA international. That alone makes me shudder. It also tells me that he knows nothing about national security. We need a strong working space program to protect our country. He has refused to pledge to keep NASA going.
As a veteran of the old ‘space wars’ to keep NASA funded and alive when Democrats in the House and Senate did everything they possibly could to kill it, when you hear the terms “full evaluation” duck and run for cover. It is Democratic double speak for – we’ll kill NASA and put the money in hand-outs.
“…One of the better insights from the debate was when Garver was asked why Obama had changed his stance on funding Constellation. Obama and his staff early own, she explained, “did feel that Constellation was a Bush program and didn’t make a lot of sense.” That was reinforced by feedback from the scientific community, she added, that didn’t think human spaceflight was as valuable as robotic scientific work. However, after hearing from people in both the space and education communities, “they really thought it through, they recognized the importance of space.” Now, she said, “he recognizes that Constellation really is exploring with humans and robots beyond low Earth orbit” and that he truly supports it, rather than supporting it only as a tool to win votes in Florida.
Constellation is generally defined in the near term to be primarily the Ares 1 launch vehicle and Orion spacecraft, but she dropped a hint that a President Obama might be willing to reconsider that architecture. “Senator Obama has talked about Constellation and has not specified a specific architecture,” she said. “I think one of the reasons for that is that until you have the office, until you’re there and know what’s going on with these programs, you’re not going to make a commitment to it.” (The answer came in response to a question about the use of EELVs in the exploration program, not about alternatives like DIRECT.)…”
He has called for the re-implementation of the failed National Space Council. Barack Obama would be an abject disaster for manned exploration of space. The real problem is he is calling for death of the shuttle program and not implementing the Constellation program for years. This will leave us vulnerable with no way of launching humans into space to the ISS, which basically gives it to the Russians.
This man isn’t capable of being POTUS.