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Rohrabacher Blasts “SLS Titanic”

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
February 15, 2012
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Washington, Feb 14 – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following statement criticizing The White House’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request for NASA:

“The administration’s FY’13 budget includes almost $1.9 billion for continued pursuit of the SLS Titanic, a ‘monster rocket’ based on 40-year-old Space Shuttle technology in an attempt to recapture the glory days of the Apollo Saturn V,” said Rohrabacher. “By NASA’s internal estimates, the SLS and other components won’t be ready to launch astronauts to an asteroid until 2028, after we have spent over $130 billion towards the mission. By those same estimates, NASA has shown how they can accomplish the exact same mission with our existing fleet of launch vehicles four years earlier and at less than half that cost.
“If I had someone come to me and say they wanted to spend well over a hundred billion dollars when they knew the task could be done more quickly and less expensively, I’d say, ‘You’re fired,’” declared Rohrabacher.

“As expected, the President did not request an additional $1 billion above last year’s appropriation, which NASA’s plans seem to require. Of course, even that funding level would have fallen about $2 billion short of what NASA would need next year to keep the SLS Titanic on schedule,” Rohrabacher added.

“I am pleased the President requested $830 million for Commercial Crew programs, which is America’s single most important near-term civil space project. But cutting the Technology budget while increasing the Earth Science budget – a function that doesn’t even belong in a space exploration agency – and continuing to shovel resources into the SLS money pit is a travesty.

“Any more of this kind of “leadership” and soon NASA’s entire budget will be consumed by JWST and the SLS, two things that won’t have made it off the launch pad ten years from now.”

Rep. Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

One response to “Rohrabacher Blasts “SLS Titanic””

  1. Robert Gishubl says:

    What is this Rohrabacher is supporting private competition based on performance over government pork for major defence/aerospace corporations. A Republican supporting small government with private industry providing inavation and capital to achieve the objective using performance based contracts. That is a breth of fresh air and common sense, unfortunately I doubt it will carry much traction with the party power brokers who seem to be more interested in campaign contributions from big corperations than a pesky thing like the principles of the party.
    I fully agree and have said it before scrap SLA/MPCV and spend the money on CCDev and compeditive tenders for launch contarcts. Say 400 tonnes per year to orbit would cost $1B on Falcon Heavy. Use the launches for testing deep space habitats and missions to the moon, asteroids whatever. The $2B per year left over fron SLS/MPCV budget would pay for the payloads.

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