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Boeing Uses Lobbyists And PR To Force Big Artemis Decisions

By Keith Cowing
December 12, 2019
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Boeing Uses Lobbyists And PR To Force Big Artemis Decisions

Boeing, NASA clash over push for Congress to fund new stage for moon rocket, Washington Post
“In the Senate version of the NASA authorization bill for next year, lawmakers included language dictating that the agency “continue development” of the upper stage so that it could be ready for the third flight of the SLS, or Artemis III, which would be in time to land humans on the moon by 2024. While there is no House version of the bill, or an appropriation, Boeing’s early success at pushing a compliant Congress to mandate the new upper stage for the third flight, instead of a later one, as is now planned, could upend NASA’s lunar landing plans and put Boeing in the position of redirecting policy that had been set by NASA’s leaders, engineers and scientists who have something other than profits as their priorities. To meet the White House’s 2024 lunar landing date, NASA has been trying to build a broad coalition of companies, and has said repeatedly that everyone needs to pull together to help make the moon mission possible by 2024. Listen: Moonrise podcast “When we have one contractor trying to dictate policy that benefits them over the others, it puts the whole program at risk,” said one senior NASA official on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.”
Boeing’s Misleading Anti-SpaceX Pro-SLS Facebook Ad Campaign, earlier post
“For starters NASA is building the SLS. Boeing – along with Lockheed Martin, Aerojet, Orbital ATK, and Airbus are building the pieces. One page says it is Boeing’s SLS. The other says it is NASA’s. Which is it? And yes, Starliner will be sending human crews into space but it is not “the method NASA uses to send astronauts into space.” It is one of the methods – SpaceX is another method.”
Join Boeing’s SLS Fan Club So They Can Track Your Activity Online, earlier post
NASA OIG SLS Audit: Poor Management By Boeing – Send More Money, earlier post
Is This Any Way To Go Back To The Moon?, earlier post

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