Senate Launch System
And so it begins. As leaks of the FY 2013 NASA budget begin to trickle out the special intrests groups are beginning to worry. Here is a piece of analysis that actually frames the argument pretty well. While old space continues to chug along consuming a larger peice of the NASA pie, new space will get by with what it has. It is interesting to see how the author here thinks that the government is trying to slow down "new space". Here is the pull quote:
TEA Party in Space (TPIS) has always stated the position of competing the Space Launch System (SLS). Not only would this avenue promote innovation and competition, but would compete ideas in the private sector as well as creating jobs. We have been attacked in the past for calling SLS in its current form, "a government jobs program", when it reallty was. Now we have proof.
It seems as tho NASA Watch has a better grasp of whats going on with Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELVs) and propellant depots than Bill Gerstenmaier, Lori Garver, Charlie Bolden, Dr. Mike Griffin, or anyone else in leadership at NASA for that matter. The current situation developing inside NASA is downright scary.
The tea party movement is motivated and guided by fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets. I would also add the constitution. The constitution is a guide which provides integrity to our system of government when it is followed. No one can deny the problems our government is facing with scandals like Fast and Furious, Solyndra, and NASA's leaked propellant depot study. Wait, NASA?
On Friday Russia announced that it was canceling the development of its new rocket. This is somewhat surprising as this will leave them with the venerable Soyuz Launch System (SLS). Not to be outdone, The United States is continuing on with its development of the Space Launch System (SLS). Confused yet? Nyet? Khorosho! Better brush up on your Russian comrades, if you want to be an American astronaut you need to speak Russian.