|When NASA announced they would be spending $424,000,000 on Russian rides to the International Space Station in 2017, we contacted Lamar Smith, the Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee in the House of Representatives. Now, understand that we have a number of disagreements with Smith on other issues, but a staffer called today to confirm that Smith is in complete agreement with us on paying for these rides to American commercial companies and not to the Russians. He indicated the possibility that NASA itself could conduct the missions, but we pointed out that commercial companies could do the job cheaper and he agreed with that assessment.
Briefly, here's what we discussed:
Bottom line: Spending the same amount in the USA could end up greatly reducing the amount of government money spent for the same services we are paying the Russians for. Economically, it just makes sense.
It's nice when a politician is actually working for the proper course forward.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Lamar Smith on Commercial Crew Rides To/From Space Station
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