Obama Outlines New Plan for Space

President Obama Outlines New Space Exploration Plans

President Barack Obama on Thursday said that NASA’s Constellation program would be terminated in favor of channeling $6 billion to commercial spacecraft developers.

Obama’s plan is to increase NASA’s budget by $6 billion over five years and shift the responsibility for space transportation to private companies, which would be encouraged to “compete to design and build and launch new means of carrying people and materials out of our atmosphere.” They would be responsible not just for designing and building the rockets and spaceships, which they largely do already, but also for conducting flights to the International Space Station.

Critics argued the current program was too costly and yielding little results. The diversion of funds may result in a loss of 8,000 jobs at the space center. However, the administration believes the commercial investment will increase jobs to an even higher level.

The White House believes that by 2012 up to 2,500 new jobs will be created in Florida’s commercial space industry than would have been available under NASA had Constellation continued, off-setting the job losses by about 60 percent.

Furthermore, the economic impact will be reduced by dedicating “$40 million to supporting the regional economy.” Brevard County, home of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, is already at 12.7% unemployment so citizens are skeptical whether Obama’s new plan will succeed.

Below is the White House video of the President’s announcement today.

 

Do you think Obama should continue privatizing space travel to increase competition or should more of it remain under NASA?

Saad

Enrolled at the University of California, San Diego, Saad is pursuing a degree in Political Science. He has written multiple articles for the College Democrats' newspaper on campus, The Left Coast Post. Recently, he circulated petitions for the California Democracy Act initiative. His interests include national and international politics along with economic issues. 

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  3 comments for “Obama Outlines New Plan for Space

  1. Robert Lauten
    April 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Kesha Rogers, a LaRouche Democrat won the Texas 22nd CD primary, defeating two other democrats. Her campaign’s issues were ‘Impeach Obama – Save NASA’.

    And now, from Obama we get the privatization of NASA.

    Please visit: http://www.larouchepac.com/node/13802

    And: http://www.LaRouchePAC.com > “Our Campaigns” > “The Basement Project”
    http://www.larouchepac.com/basement

  2. Eric Cooper
    April 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Complete waste of 6 billion dollars that could better be spent helping Americans into jobs and single payer healthcare

  3. Saad Asad
    April 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I think it’s arguable whether NASA funding is useless or not. Consider all the inventions that have been made ultimately as a result of NASA spending: Water Purification, LEDs, Artificial Limbs, etc.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_spin-off

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