If you believe those lovely and adorable losertarian, tea party pandering prostitutes in the House are going to authorize a new heavy lift launch visit for NASA, well, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you, quite cheaply.
“…Initially, the SLS will consist of a first stage powered by five space shuttle main engines with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants carried in a core stage derived from the shuttle’s external tank. The upper stage will be powered by a single J-2X version of the upper-stage engines that powered the Saturn V Moon rocket in the 1960s.
For added lift on the launch pad, the SLS will use two five-segment versions of the four-segment solid-fuel boosters that performed the same function for the space shuttle. That will produce a vehicle able to fly its first test flight with an unmanned Orion/Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle by the end of 2017, at an estimated cost of $18 billion (Aerospace DAILY, Sept. 9).
“This launch system will create good-paying American jobs, ensure continued U.S. leadership in space, and inspire millions around the world,” Bolden says.
Announcement of the final vehicle design came as the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA prepared to mark up its fiscal 2012 NASA spending bill this afternoon. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who is ranking member of that panel and of the Senate Commerce subcommittee that authorizes NASA spending, said she and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) met with Bolden and Lew yesterday to “hunker down” on the details.
Nelson also is a member of the authorizing subcommittee. He joined Hutchison today in complaining that continued delays in approving the design, coupled with news leaks of dramatically more expensive cost estimates, gave the impression that the administration was trying to “undermine America’s manned space program.”…”
Once upon a time we had a space program. We also had a great POTUS. There was reason, logic, and honor in Congress. Those days are gone with the wind, never to return. If this reads like The Pink Flamingo no longer has respect for the Grand Old Party, you are right. They lost my respect when they began prostituting themselves to the libertarians and to the tea parties.
Oh, don’t worry, the tea parties aren’t the only two-timing you know whats out there. The Obama Administration has done its best to sand-bag the whole thing. Only Kay Hutchinson and Bill Nelson were able to shake the Administration down to get a better deal and more honest numbers.
“…NASA and the White House had originally planned to put off a decision on a heavy launch capability until 2015 or so – and then fully compete the selection process based on an architecture that would define what was needed and when. But Congress – specifically the Senate, decided to mandate (in the NASA Authorization Act) what the solution would be before the problem or need was defined. The clear intent on the part of Congress was to retain existing workforce and commercial contracts in place from the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs. That said, with a consensus on the part of White House, NASA – and Congress, at least everyone now knows what NASA’s basic evolvable architecture will look like….”
The Space Launch System (SLS) is a lovely fantasy. In today’s climate, it has about as much chance of being built as a snowball does of arriving in hell, intact. Never mind that it will create JOBS, JOBS, and more JOBS. That no longer matters. All that matters for the GOP is pandering to their libertarian over-lords.
Time was when the Dems were the enemy of NASA. Today, they have company – those lovely, lousy, loser, libertarian tea party freaks. Between the two of them, we’re so completely screwed that it is pathetic. These are good SOLID jobs that will put entire communities back to work. The price tag on the SLS is around $25 billion. In NASA terms, that’s at least a 10X back at you to the economy. In other words, if $25 billion is being spent, no less than $250 billion will be generated in TAXABLE revenue and good jobs.
Guess that really doesn’t matter, does it?
This is the best thing that could happen to the economy, not that it matters. It’s spending money, and heavens only knows we must destroy in order to save a cheap buck.