U.S. Announces Review of Human Space Flight Plans, Office of Science and Technology Policy
"The Obama Administration today announced the launch of an independent review of planned U.S. human space flight activities with the goal of ensuring that the nation is on a vigorous and sustainable path to achieving its boldest aspirations in space. The review will be conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts led by Norman Augustine, the former CEO of Lockheed Martin, who served on the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under Democratic and Republican presidents and led the 1990 Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program and the 2007 National Academies commission that produced the landmark report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, as well as a number of other high-profile national commissions."
Frank's note: A better choice to lead this review could not have been made. It is clear that Ares and its challengers will get a fair hearing-and once and for all clear the air on whether ESAS made the right choices as per ballistic capsules and solid-rocket booster launchers. But still no NASA leader emerges? What does that say about Obama's commitment to civil space?
Keith's note: I agree with Frank. NASA has picked one of its most well-rounded and experienced managers to run this review activity. Mike "gets" the big picture and I am certain that this panel will be encouraged to think that way as well.
Editor's note: Mike Hawes, Associate Administrator of Program Analysis & Evaluation to be NASA interface to Human Space Flight Blue Ribbon Panel. Mike is well respected and should be an asset.
Editor's update: There will be teleconference tomorrow morning Norman Augustine, chairman, Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee.
"NASA will hold a media teleconference on Friday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. EDT, to discuss the launch of an independent review of NASA's human space flight plans."
Editor's update: Although Acting Administrator Scolese said Constellation would continue to move ahead, the Altair Lunar Lander and Ares V design support contracts are being put on hold until after the review.
Editor's update: The Ares 1-X test flight won't happen until after the review is complete.