Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Griffin Contemplates Shifting Resources From Space Station to CEV

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin is described as "lukewarm" on the future of the International Space Station and is contemplating shifting funds from experiments planned for there to the development of the Crew Exploratory Vehicle(CEV) planned to replace the Shuttle. Projects would be either delayed or canceled in a review of program priorities. Griffin has pledged to move up the time frame for replacement of the aging Shuttle fleet.

This is definitely a positive development. The main purpose for the ISS has always been to provide a purpose for the shuttle. Little scientific work of real value can be completed there and industry has shown little interest in funding research. Completing the terms of our agreements for the station, and shifting focus to establishing Lunar bases and exploring Mars will allow us return to operating a real space program.