CSF Cries Foul as Reform Commission Recommends Killing NASA Commercial Crew

Artists conception of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft in orbit

NewSpace supporters are crying foul over the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform’s proposal that NASA eliminate its commercial crew program as part of a broad effort to get federal spending under control. The panel, chartered by President Barack Obama, released a list of illustrative list of $200 billion in savings from the federal budget.

> Eliminate funding for commercial spaceflight. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to spend $6 billion over the next five years to spur the development of American commercial spaceflight. This subsidy to the private sector is costly, and while commercial spaceflight is a worthy goal, it is unclear why the federal government should be subsidizing the training of the potential crews of such flights. Eliminating this program would save $1.2 billion in 2015.

The idea was immediately attached as being penny wise and pound foolish by commercial space supporters. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation led the charge:

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