quote: rapidly expanding US private space industry
quote: There are still large concerns associated with this new compromise, though. Many are afraid that it will end up like the five-year Constellation program, which was cancelled after spending $9 billion because of financial and technical problems that prevented any chance of there being a 2020 landing on the moon. In addition, there is substantial fear surrounding the fact that NASA is stuck having to build a new rocket without the proper resources needed to make it happen.
quote: I'm working for a small private space company
quote: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee terminated NASA's plan to send astronauts to the moon by 2020 by approving the construction of a new rocket for a new mission.
quote: The bill plans to budget "more than $11 billion" over the next three years to set all of this in motion...the new rocket, which could potentially carry Orion to the International Space Station sometime before 2016.
quote: NASA is to both build its own rocket, and plan a future undefined flight at some point
quote: (Materials would be jobs, so don't even try that angle.)
quote: ...peaceful decline like the British Empire post WW2.