Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obama's 2010 NASA Budget Proposal

What Is “The Bush Moon Plan”? - Transterrestrial Musings -

Whatever it is, AvWeek says that the Obama administration is going to “stick with it.”

I wonder if we should read anything into the choice of word "stick" (sometimes used as a reference to the very controversial Ares 1 rocket)?

I agree with Rand that whether or not keeping the human lunar return is a good thing depends entirely on how it's going to be done. It could be very good ... or very bad.

The article gives more hints about the Obama Administration 2010 NASA budget proposal, which it says is to be released tomorrow (February 26). It's fairly easy to predict Obama will follow through on the Earth Science, Education, International Cooperation, and Aeronautics proposals from the policy document. It will be interesting to see if, and how, the budget proposal addresses the following from the Obama Space Policy Fact Sheet (as well as a number of other important proposals in the document related to commercial space) -

Using the Private Sector: Obama will stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate spaceflight capabilities. NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services is a good model of government/industry collaboration.

Jumpstarting Consumer Technology: Obama will expand the use of prizes for revolutionary technical achievements that can benefit society, and funds for joint industry/government rapid-to-the-consumer technology advances.

Establishing Teacher/Researcher Fund for High Schools: Barack Obama will support nontraditional approaches, such as student design competitions and internet-based collaborations to engage students and develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Update: Per Space Politics, this is expected to be an "outline" of the 2010 budget proposal.