Commercialization: May 2009 Archives

Is Sen. Bill Nelson flip-flopping on NASA's COTS-D space program?

"... Well, in case you assume that this exchange means that Sen. Nelson has become a champion of COTS D as a possible way to generate more Space Coast jobs and help fill the gap between the end of the space shuttle program next year and whenever the next rocket program is ready, think again. In comments to several space boosters over the last two days, Nelson has made it clear that he is not necessarily supporting COTS D. Here is what he told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday during a visit to Kennedy Space Center: "Whatever you heard, I want to make sure you understand I wasn't specifically pushing COTS D. What I was pushing was launch complex 36 [at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station]. ... COTS D first off is a human-rated program and that has not been sanctioned by NASA yet."

Commercial Spaceflights May Be Restricted, AviationWeek

"The way U.S. export controls work for space technologies could prevent commercial space operators from taking non-U.S. citizens on spaceflights, and the industry is urging reform of the system to prevent U.S. companies from being overtaken by foreign competitors."

Editor's Update: If non-US citizens can't fly you can bet their money will move to friendlier shores that will embrace them and the nascent US industry be will dealt a major blow.


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