Home > Press > NSS Congratulates SpaceX Team -- Calls on Congress to Fully Fund Commercial Crew & Space Technology
The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Elon Musk and the entire SpaceX team on the Dragon spacecraft's historic mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and its safe return to Earth yesterday.
NSS Congratulates SpaceX Team -- Calls on Congress to Fully Fund Commercial Crew & Space Technology
Washington, DC | Posted on June 1st, 2012
"The mission was truly spectacular and marks a watershed moment in space history - proving that the commercial sector can successfully service the ISS," said NSS Executive Director Paul E. Damphousse. "We were especially fortunate to celebrate the Dragon's grappling at ISS on Friday morning with NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., who was at that very moment addressing an audience of nearly one thousand at NSS's recent International Space Development Conference (ISDC)."
ISDC, the National Space Society's annual conference, wrapped up in Washington, DC earlier this week. Administrator Bolden was delivering the opening keynote speech just as Dragon approached and then berthed at the ISS.
The safe return of Dragon and the advancement of commercial cargo and crew programs mark true milestones on the path to enabling a space-faring civilization. NASA's efforts to advance space technology will also have a significant impact: technologies such as cryogenic propellant storage and transfer (CPST), solar electric propulsion (SEP), and advanced robotics are "mission-multipliers," and are but a few examples being advanced by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist. These efforts will help to enable robust space operations while providing dramatic reductions in overall costs.
The National Space Society recognizes that there is still much to be done, and maintains that strong leadership in government will be critical going forward. In this context, NSS calls on the Senate to fully fund the commercial crew development program and space technology lines of the NASA budget as proposed in the President's budget request earlier this year, removing the proposed cuts made by the House in May. While NSS acknowledges the difficult budgetary parameters under which Congress must work, we strongly encourage both the Senate and the House to accede to the President's FY2013 budget request for both commercial crew and space technology during conference later this year.
"The successful conclusion of SpaceX's COTS-2/3 missions has demonstrated that the commercial sector is now ready to move forward with increased responsibility for servicing ISS, including the development of crew transport capability," Damphousse said. "If funded and executed correctly, the commercial crew program will end our sole reliance on foreign providers and bring that capability - and the jobs associated with it - back home. We should be preserving funding for these commercial and space technology programs - which are producing tangible successes today, and will continue to do so in the near-term and beyond - rather than shifting it to already well-funded programs that may be years away from providing results."
About The National Space Society
NSS is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded when the National Space Institute and the L5 Society merged in 1987, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. NSS has over 10,000 members and supporters, and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.
For more information, please click here
Paul E. Damphousse
Copyright © The National Space Society
If you have a comment, please Contact
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
News and information
SEMATECH to Showcase Innovation and Advances in Manufacturing at SEMICON Japan 2014: SEMATECH experts will share the latest techniques, emerging trends and best practices in advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies November 26th, 2014
Australian startup creates world’s first 100% cotton hydrophobic T-Shirts November 26th, 2014
The mysterious 'action at a distance' between liquid containers November 26th, 2014
'Giant' charge density disturbances discovered in nanomaterials: Juelich researchers amplify Friedel oscillations in thin metallic films November 26th, 2014
Lawrence Livermore researchers develop efficient method to produce nanoporous metals November 25th, 2014
Renishaw receives Queen's Award for spectroscopy developments November 25th, 2014
Vegetable oil ingredient key to destroying gastric disease bacteria: In mice, therapeutic nanoparticles dampen H. pylori bacteria and inflammation that lead to ulcers and gastric cancer November 25th, 2014
Research yields material made of single-atom layers that snap together like Legos November 25th, 2014
Purdue 3-D printing innovation capable of making stronger, lighter metal works for auto, aerospace industries November 20th, 2014
Mathematical Model Predicts Vibrating Behavior of Conical Shell's Nanocomposite Objects November 15th, 2014
Mining entrepreneur Julian Malnic Joins Deep Space Industries’ Board: Deep Space Industries welcomes a prolific mining entrepreneur and accomplished company builder, Julian Malnic, to its Board of Directors November 14th, 2014
Drexel Engineers Improve Strength, Flexibility of Atom-Thick Films November 11th, 2014