National Space Society Position on Human Spaceflight Committee Report

The National Space Society has just released a position statement on the Human Spaceflight Committee’s Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee Summary Report.

In part, the NSS position is that it:

  • agrees with the Commission that NASA needs and deserves at least $3 Billion more per year in order to accomplish the planned missions. NSS further asserts that NASA should receive this level of funding, as NASA has stimulated the economy like no other agency, stimulated American youth to seek higher education, shored up America‚Äôs edge in technology, enhanced our defense, and established American prestige around the world.
  • supports the development of a family of cargo and crew transportation options to Low Earth Orbit and beyond.
  • agrees that ISS should be extended

For complete details please read the full NSS Statement on the Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Space Flight Plans Committee

Ad Astra,
Jim Plaxco, NSS Director

Human Spaceflight Committee Summary Report Released

The Human Spaceflight Committee, chaired by Norman Augustine, has just released their Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee Summary Report which will be followed by a final report to be issued at a future date. A copy of the report is available from the NSS Space Policy Library.

The first sentence of the report is not encouraging: “The U.S. human spaceflight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory. It is perpetuating the perilous practice of pursuing goals that do not match allocated resources.” Of particular interest is section 3: FUTURE DESTINATIONS FOR EXPLORATION.

NSS would be interested in knowing your thoughts on the content of the report. Please download the PDF Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee Summary Report, give it a read and post your comments here.

For additional info, see the NPR news story Panel Tells Obama Moon Return Is A No-Go

Ad Astra, Jim Plaxco, NSS Director