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NASA's Lori Garver  (Source: wikimedia.org)
NASA urged Congress to provide the full $850 million, because if it is not paid now, the U.S. will be forced to pay the Russians $450 million for every year that the U.S. delays its own commercial crew vehicle starting in 2016

Lori Garver, NASA's deputy administrator, is pushing for increased funding for NASA's commercial crew vehicle development, or warns that the U.S. will be paying the Russians over the long-term instead.

The retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet throughout 2011 has made U.S. astronauts dependent on Russia to travel to the International Space Station (ISS). The cost per seat for this rendezvous is estimated to increase to $63 million by 2015, and NASA is hoping to have commercial spaceships of its own to avoid having to pay the Russians. NASA is looking to Boeing Co., SpaceX, Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada Corp. for such spacecraft.

But these spacecraft developers will require assistance for the creation of NASA's request. NASA put aside $388 million to support such development, while the agency put forth another $800 million for spacecraft to be developed by SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp.

But now, NASA is moving on to its next phase of its commercial crew vehicle development, and needs $850 million.

So far, Congress has put aside $312 million in the House and $500 million in the Senate.

Garver urged Congress to provide the full $850 million, because if it is not paid now, the U.S. will be forced to pay the Russians $450 million for every year that the U.S. delays its own commercial crew vehicle starting in 2016.

According to Garver, paying U.S. companies the extra money needed now will outweigh having to pay the Russians $450 million per year in 2016 and beyond, which will obviously benefit the Russian space effort instead of the U.S.

But NASA's money troubles don't end there. Even if Congress comes up with $850 million in 2012, the cost of the commercial crew vehicle development will only increase as time goes on. Garver estimates that NASA will require $6 billion "over five years."

The next step is a hearing for funding the next phase, known as CCDev 3, next Wednesday. It was scheduled by the House Science Space and Technology Committee.

Source: MSNBC



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Science needs to die....
By Raiders12 on 10/21/2011 1:04:38 PM , Rating: -1
Anytime there's an article about NASA, I think the words, PAY THE RUSSIANS should be in bold, all caps. How is that in anyway beneficial to the advancement of American ingenuity and science? Wow we save $X billions from not having shuttles, but we lose $XXX billions for having to launch a satellite or get to the "International" Space Station. As an upcoming engineering grad, I am currently disappointed with the pushes for science and engineering outside the private sector. We cry and moan to be competitive with China, Europe, etc in science/math yet HAVE NO REWARD OR INCENTIVE to actually be motivated in these difficult fields. Yay higher salary! "Hey cough up 30% to supply the Middle East wars, growing govt incompetency, and fund entitlements" Sorry for the rant, but because I love math and science so much, it urks me. Oh, goodbye America's largest particle physics accelerator, hello new SCUD missiles or carriers.

Sincerely,
Concerned American




RE: Science needs to die....
By The Raven on 10/21/2011 1:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
"Hey cough up 30% to supply the Middle East/ African wars, growing govt incompetency, and fund entitlements"
There, FIFY.

And thank you for mentioning entitlements and keeping this rant non-partisan. I hate when people blame one party when it is so clear these days that both parties are responsible for all the crap that we see today.


RE: Science needs to die....
By FITCamaro on 10/21/2011 1:36:14 PM , Rating: 3
For the love of god, stop using this damn FIFY acronym. Where did this crap start? Are you so god damn lazy that you can't spell out four words?

Jesus.


RE: Science needs to die....
By The Raven on 10/21/2011 4:09:31 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
For the love of god, stop using this damn "fixed it for you" acronym.
There, FIFY.


RE: Science needs to die....
By StevoLincolnite on 10/24/2011 4:39:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
For the love of god, stop using this damn FIFY acronym. Where did this crap start? Are you so god damn lazy that you can't spell out four words?


I can literally imagine in the future that every written word will be an acronym.

People have gotten so lazy these days when sending text messages and the like...


By ConcernedConsumer on 10/21/2011 1:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
Right there with ya! Enough with the political BS tags on everything..


RE: Science needs to die....
By ConcernedConsumer on 10/21/2011 1:50:49 PM , Rating: 2
Depressing isn't it? Funny how those (we put) into power can't seem to see past their own noses. All politicians are hypocrites whenever they boast about their education policies... Don't they realize we can see right through all of their BS?


RE: Science needs to die....
By delphinus100 on 10/21/2011 11:31:47 PM , Rating: 3
As long as we (re-)elect them, their job is done. That some of us 'see through it' in the process, is irrelevant.


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