It has been fairly quiet recently, which is my excuse for not posting a blog entry for the past three weeks.
On the space policy front, no new news has emerged of great impact in recent weeks. The President’s scheduled appearance in Florida next week to presumably outline the fundamentals of his proposed space policy ought to stoke the fires of conversation and action. Meanwhile, we’re left with arguments over whether the Augustine Committee inconsistently inflated the cost numbers and schedule dates for the Program of Record versus commercial carriers (be the judge for yourself), and the space blogeratti on NASAwatch and spacepolitics continue posturing and yelling at each other for the “I told you so” bragging rights to come – at least, that is the only reason I can figure out why they keep rehashing the same tired positions. Oh, and by the way, Discovery launched this morning as STS-131 on its penultimate mission to the International Space Station; barring any change in direction next week, that leaves us with three more shuttle missions before we stand down for the near future on a US-provided capability to low earth orbit.
(Two of the astronauts flying on STS-131, Clay Anderson and Rick Mastracchio, are former colleagues of mine dating back to the days before they were selected to the astronaut corps. It’s kind of nice to see those two riding to space together onboard a remarkable spaceship.)
What else is happening?