February 12, 2018

Congratulations to SpaceX for Successful Falcon Heavy Launch!

Launch of Falcon Heavy
Landing of First Stages
A private company, on their own dime, built the most powerful rocket operational in the world--and launched it on a test mission towards and beyond Mars!

SpaceX spent years developing the rocket, which will be capable of carrying larger satellites to orbit, larger rovers and probes to Mars and other planets, and astronauts beyond earth orbit. With refueling, the FH could even send astronauts to land on the moon and perhaps Mars.

Elon Musk, president of SpaceX had predicted a high chance of failure with this new design, but it performed flawlessly.

Oh, the payload was Elon Musk's Tesla roadster, the first car in space, which is on course to pass Mars and orbit in space for perhaps a billion years.

Car in Space!
The Falcon Heavy and successors could be major players in reaching beyond low earth orbit to build a base on the Moon in the 2020s and then, with lessons learned, go to Mars in the 2030s.

View the videos of the launch, first stage landings and the Tesla car in space:
http://www.spacex.com/webcast

Read more about the Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration's recommendations to policy makers on the future of our space program and our global competitiveness in space exploration.
http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/372982-spacex-launch-is-step-one-in-a-new-american-dominated-space-race




Photo credits: SpaceX

January 18, 2018

Confirm Bridenstine for NASA Administrator


It is critical that the Senate vote to confirm the Honorable Jim Bridenstine's nomination as NASA Administrator as soon as possible. With the new year, he has been re-nominated, and should be confirmed as soon as possible. Bridenstine has a passion for refocusing NASA on deep space human exploration, to actually take us back to the Moon and on to Mars.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved Bridenstine's nomination on January 18, and the full Senate now needs to vote to confirm him.

Call members of the committee in support of the nomination, because they should help gain votes for the nomination -- 202-224-3121
https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committeemembers 

A leaderless NASA will give China and other nations more of a head start, and harm our economy and our space leadership and global competitiveness. President Trump has outlined great plans to restore our space program to return to the Moon, and with lessons learned, go to Mars.

Oh, hopefully NASA will not detour to the "Deep Space Gateway" that would delay going beck to the Moon until the 2030s and thus move Mars to sometime in the 2040s. Without a permanent Administrator, the task will be much more difficult and result in delays.

Here's how you can help:

Call Senator Mitch McConnell's Majority Leader office -- 202-224-3135
Ask that he secure the necessary votes, get the Senators who placed "holds" on the nomination to remove them. Then file 'cloture' to hold a vote and schedule the floor vote on the nomination.

Call Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) -- 202-224-5922
Senator Cruz is chairman of the Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, and supports Bridenstine. Ask him to work with Majority Leader McConnell to secure the votes and schedule the vote.

Call Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) -- 202-224-3954 
Senator Manchin may be the Democratic Senator most likely to support Bridenstine.

Call Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) 202-224-4124
Senator Jones was elected by a small margin in a very GOP and very pro-space state--the Marshall NASA center is a serious high tech hub in Alabama. Voting against the president's NASA nominee would harm our space program and offend Republican voters.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) -- 202-224-2235
Senator McCain placed a "hold" on the nomination--he should remove the hold to allow a fair vote. Remind McCain that American leadership in space and by extension America's standing in world affairs are weakened without a NASA Administrator to the benefit of our enemies and foreign countries.

Call Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) -- 202-224-5274
Call Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) -- 202-224-3041
Please remind the two Senators from Florida that the future of the space coast economy and America's space competitiveness are at risk if NASA remains effectively leaderless. Sen. Rubio placed a "hold" on the nomination--he should remove the hold to allow a fair vote.

Call Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) -- 202-224-5054
Sen. Cochran placed a "hold" on the nomination--he should remove the hold to allow a fair vote. Mississippi has the Stennis NASA center that tests rocket engines, and voting against the president's NASA nominee would harm our space program--and Mississippi's economy.

Forward this to your friends and on social media--especially to people in the above states.

Call radio talk shows to alert more people.

Write letters to the editor urging rapid confirmation.

These quick actions can make a difference! 

Photo credit: Tom Kimmell   This is the Bridenstine "whip list."