Is Bolden Against Ares 1-X Launch? Update

Keith's original 21 August note: Word has it that during a Q&A with MAF employees yesterday Charlie Bolden openly questioned whether it made sense to go ahead with the Ares 1-X launch. His rationale? The Augustine Committee is not going to recommend to the Obama Administration that it continue to proceed with "the program of record" i.e. ESAS/VSE. In other words, if there won't be an Ares 1, then why launch Ares 1-X. You've got to gve Bolden credit - he's talking logically.

Given that the hardware is in place, and the money has more or less been spent, it would seem to be a total waste to not finish things up and then fly the mission. Stay tuned.

Keith's update: Despite multiple reports I received from people who should be in a position to know, Bolden did not make any mention of Ares. According to NASA PAO, in response to my request for clarification last Friday, a review of a transcript of Bolden's remarks at MAF reveals that "there's no mention of Ares I-X whatsoever."

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