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Monday, September 17, 2012

Setting Space Standards

NASA needs to make sure astronauts are safe aboard commercial spacecraft. Retired Vice Adm. Joseph Dyer, the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel chairman, said NASA's plan has holes. He said the cart is ahead of the horse. Companies are designing space vehicles before NASA sets the safety requirements and certification process. He predicted NASA would have challenges in certifying private aircraft as safe enough. Dyer spoke before a House committee last week. Chairman Ralph Hall (R-Texas) questioned NASA's acquisition strategy. He suggested that funding it would be a risky proposition. NASA wants to send astronauts to the International Space Station on commercial flights within five years.


Anonymous said...

Obama cut NASA funding so they can't build rockets anymore. To stay in the game NASA is going to try and regulate the space industry.

Anonymous said...

Every night I see the International Space Station fly over.A lot of folks are'nt aware that it is visible from Earth on a clear night,but it is.The US actually posseses the missile capability to shoot down interstellar and deep space objects.My contention is that the other half of the world could aquire this technology and become a threat to shoot down our spacecraft.When I first read this post,I thought the terrorist aspect was the main focal point.I see now that it is not.