Thursday, April 08, 2010

Space Access 2010 - Alan Ladwig/NASA HQ, on A New Space Enterprise

Alan Ladwig started off talking about recent changes at NASA. The budget went up, but he felt that the PR was poor, and the media has been a bit hostile.

Alan talked about some of the interest in space during the 1950s and 1960s. There were articles in Collier’s. Walt Disney promote travel into space. For last 50 years many thought that NASA would take us to space.

With the new budget NASA is going in another direction. The top line is there was a $6 billion increase in NASA’s budget. He frequently said there were problems with NASA because of the “previous administration.”

He talked about various aspects of the budget. The funding will help “green aviation.” Putting money into advanced technologies. The Obama administration wants to track climate change. NASA is suppose to track near earth asteroids. The budget will extend the life of the Hubble telescope. There are plans to create a new 21st century launch complex.

Alan listed a bunch of other new programs, or expanded programs. He said that over the next five years the current administration was planning to spend $100 billion more than was initially planned.

The full agenda for Space Access 2010, with links

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