Our first technical piece was published for review and comment in The Space Review and you can read about it here. Entitled: Propellant depots: the fiscally responsible and feasible alternative to SLS, the article incorporates our tea party core values and sound science.
It is turning a lot of heads. The usual anti-tea party types are there; however, no one has been able to poke holes in our paper. We have an awesome team and we will continue to work on papers with our members serving our nation's space program with distinction. We all want to get to space. We are trying to show that there is a better way.
Everyone agrees that the Commercial Crew program will be the next program that develops the vehicles that will carry American astronauts into space. Congressmen have stated it at hearings to which senior NASA officials have agreed. So if congress agrees our commercial crew program will get us to low earth orbit sooner and NASA agrees that commercial crew will get us to low earth orbit sooner, why is this program woefully underfunded? Worse, why is NASA giving the Russia $1.5 billion dollars for human space flight operations over the next five years?
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.
You really cannot make this stuff up. Florida is clearly afraid of Wallops Flight Facility (WFF). In this article posted in the Orlando Sentinel’s "The Write Stuff" blog, while not mentioning WFF, they take a shot at competition. For the record, TEA Party in Space (TPIS) is a non-partisan organization wanting to open up the free market that is space. We don't care who launches what, where; as long as an enemy of the United States doesn't end up with the technology or capability. So with this in mind we must look to the Tea Party core value number three:
We hope you will join us on October 20th, 2011 at 9PM EDT - 6PM PDT for the TPIS national conference call. The conference call will be lead by Andrew Gasser, Everett Wilkinson, and Isaac Mooers. We will be discussing the following:
- Introductions of the TPIS team
- GAO Complaints
- JWST Status
- Website tools
The call is toll free. Just dial 877-762-8710 and then press option 3. When prompted, enter the conference code 157483#. You will then be entered into the conference. Please share this email with all of your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers.
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?