Space policy roundup

Some space policy related items today: /– Looming NASA funding fight creates stress for Alabama lawmakers – Huntsville Times

/– John Kelly: Money goes to canceled projects: NASA required by law to spend millions on contracts – Florida Today

/– Our Views: Heavy-lift trouble: NASA’s inability to meet cost, schedule could sink next-generation rocket – Florida Today

/– Other Views: Private firms could fill the void – Florida Today

> The business model would likely resemble the successful Commercial Cargo Program, with multiple competitors on contracts where payment is based on achieving milestones, not the traditional cost-plus format.

The design would probably follow the Augustine Commission’s concept of many launches of modest-sized rockets with on-orbit fueling depots instead of one huge rocket.

/– Mistrust stalls U.S.-China space cooperation – Washington Post


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