|Reportage: where is space||
The three fundamental laws of Astronautics - by Krafft A. Ehricke
First Law: Nobody and nothing under the natural laws of this universe impose any limitations on man except man himself.
Second Law: Not only the earth, but the entire solar system, and as much of the universe as he can reach under the laws of nature, are man's rightful field of activity.
Third Law: By expanding through the universe, man fulfills his destiny as an element of life, endowed with the power of reason and the wisdom of the moral law within himself.
|An outlook on the net-media|
The Bush Administration plans a
rationalization of the space programs: focus on the ISS and on Mars
Bush to NASA: Stay local - by J. Terraciano
4 US$ billions cost overrun for ISS: the Bush Administration cuts many space research and exploration programs.
As usual, spring carries news about additional costs, redesigns, crossed blame and attempts to kill the ISS project, within the US Congress. But this time the change of the administration adds some political uncertainity. Dan Goldin now works (once again) for a Republican President who is attempting to govern with some modicum of bipartisan consensus.
From an article by K. Cowing - April 05, 2001
AVIATION NOW http://www.aviationnow.com/
NASA Kills X-33, X-34, Trims Space
Such funds, nomore destined for “pharaonic” projects, as X-33 and X-44, will now be available, within the Space Launch Initiative, to more motivated enterprises, as Kistler and Kelly Aerospace. But: the Single Stage To Orbit vehicle seems to go back in the realm of science fiction.
Bush budget boosts Mars, sets spaceflight review. Shuttle flights cut, but basic station design remains intact.
From an article by Frank Morring, Jr./Washington
May 1, 2001
by Steven Siceloff
President Bush asked the Congress to increase the
military budget of the 4% for 2002. Pentagono ask for 300 billions US$ in
next six years.
Air Force could also pay Lockheed Martin to terminate the X33 test, a fully automated SSTO. A small-scale Delta Clipper flew tests in the mid-1990s and could be resurrected for Air Force use.
Is it a Cold War 2? When will they start building new Berlin walls?
NASA: Limited Missions Not Enough to Fuel Public's Imagination
NASA between the devil of the budget cuts asked by Bush and the deep blue sea of the need to keep the public imagination alive.
By Steven Siceloff - 05 April 2001
America's space program should embark on a plan to explore the solar system if it wants to keep the public excited and interested, space experts said this week. Sending humans to the Moon, Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa, which scientists suspect is covered with water, could recapture the public's interest and enthusiasm for space exploration. It also could solve an age-old mystery: Are we alone in the universe?
Science fiction author Allen Steele also told the committee that NASA will be ready to send people to Mars soon after Alpha's completion.
"...Such a mission would be a major boost to both space science and international relations," he told the committee.
An overview on the discussion about the additional costs of the ISS, held in april 2001 by the science committee of the US Congress.
| SPACE.COM http://www.space.com/
A petition was circulated among some 1,200 space scientists at the recent 32nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), held March 12-16 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The open letter was addressed to NASA’s head of space science, Edward Weiler. It urged the space agency "to consider lunar sample-return missions as a very high priority and an essential element in the future scientific exploration of the solar system." Recent robotic probes that have gone the lunar distance – the U.S. Pentagon’s Clementine spacecraft in 1994 and NASA’s Lunar Prospector in 1998 – have both sent back data showing the Moon to be a world of vacuum-sealed secrets.
NASA puts astronaut applications on hold indefinitely - by Kelly Young
Bruce Mahone, president of the Aerospace Industries Association: “…the new administration has not made their intentions clear in civilian space…” Nearly half of corps have never flown.
A similar decision has happened only twice before: once in 1988 and in 1986 because of the Challenger disaster. This year's decision also comes after major budget cuts and overspending on space station Alpha.
"There are a number of factors for this: space station overruns and
a smaller space station crew; we do not have a new NASA administrator; and
the fact that the new administration has not made their intentions clear
in civilian space," Mahone said. "It's similar to investors: it is
uncertain so they will sit it out and see what
NASA Pulls Plug on X-33 Spacecraft
By MATT CRENSON AP National Writer
The X-33 was envisioned as a reliable, reusable spacecraft that could cut the shuttle's $10,000-a-pound launch costs to $1,000-a-pound or less by 2006 or 2007. But it relied on too many untested technologies, opponents argued, when a more practical but less glamorous design would do the job.
The space agency plans to develop that technology through the Space
Launch Initiative, a multibillion dollar engineering program scheduled to
develop the next generation of reusable spacecraft early in the next
Time for NASA to adopt policy on space tourism
A FLORIDA TODAY editorial - March 30, 2001
California investment tycoon Dennis Tito has coughed up $20 million
for the joy ride of all joy rides: A trip aboard a Russian rocket piloted
by two cosmonauts to the International Space Station for a five-day visit
that would make him the world's first space tourist.