Nelson Opposes Immediate Commercial Crew Down Select

Florida Senator Bill Nelson

Florida Today reports that Sen. Bill Nelson is opposing a House plan that would require NASA to immediately down select to a single commercial crew provider:

Nelson called the plan, which instructs NASA to immediately choose a company for the Commercial Crew Program, “silliness” and “anti-competitive.”

Currently, NASA is providing subsidies to four companies vying to develop a rocket to replace the space shuttle, a competition the agency and supporters like Nelson say is crucial to developing a viable and affordable system.

“Why should we not have competition for commercial crew and bring down the cost?” Nelson said.

He cited “several excellent proposals” from the four companies — SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, Boeing and Blue Origin.

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