SOFIA ... eine Erfolgsgeschichte ist in Gefahr (in German), January Wörners Blog, DLR
[translation] "As part of the current budget statement of NASA it has now let announced from Washington that the continued operation as of 2015 could no longer be financed. That would not only be a major blow for the science that has planned many interesting astronomical research for the coming years, but also for the relationship between NASA and DLR."
Keith's 11 March note: NASA cannot seem to make up its mind as to what it wants to do with SOFIA. If you go to the link for the video "NASA's SOFIA -- An Airborne Astronomical Observatory Without Equal" announced in an email sent out today, you see that the video was "removed by the user". Is NASA shutting SOFIA off or keeping it flying? Is NASA AFRC PAO trying to promote its value or is NASA JPL OIG trying to prove that it has none? [Click on image to enlarge.]
Keith's 13 March update: The video is now online again at Youtube.
NASA OIG Seeks Media Commentary For SOFIA Audit, earlier post
"My name is Tiffany Xu and work for NASA Office of Inspector General out of our field office at JPL. Currently we are conducting the survey phase of an audit on the SOFIA project. Since SOFIA has had many delay of instrument deliverables, one of the question that we are be tasked to find out is how astronomical society feel towards SOFIA: is it still an observatory that the general community is excited about, is the project delivering what it has been promised, and is it still relevant considering the up and coming JWST."
SOFIA Set to Begin Cycle 2 Astronomy Observations, earlier post
"NASA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the SOFIA Science Center, and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) have announced the selection of 51 investigations to study the universe using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA, a joint program between NASA and the DLR, is set to begin its second full cycle of science flights from February through December 2014."
Did NASA Ground SOFIA?, earlier post