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Unaffordable and Unsustainable?
Signs of Failure in NASA's Earth-to-orbit Space Transportation Strategy

Unaffordable and Unsustainable page 1July 24, 2006 – Over the past 30 months, NASA has made fundamental errors in its implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), errors which can be fixed today but will be fatal if left uncorrected. In particular, NASA has laid out a strategy for Earth-to-orbit transportation that is already showing signs of failure to meet its own stated goals: closing the gap in U.S. human spaceflight, supporting full utilization of the ISS, and enabling affordable and sustainable exploration beyond Earth orbit.

In developing this strategy, NASA has apparently ignored key elements of the White House's Space Exploration Policy and several critical recommendations of the President's Commission on Implementation of the U.S. Space Exploration Policy ("President's Commission"). Instead of planning its exploration transportation in a way that maximizes economic (and national security) benefit, NASA is working with its incumbent contractors to develop a series of government-designed and owned space exploration transportation systems to service ISS as well as explore the Moon.

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Read the Foundation's press release about this White Paper.

Read more about the Foundation's recommendations to fix NASA's plans on Frontier Files Online. You can also post comments related to the White Paper on Frontier Files Online.

This White Paper received extensive press coverage. Below is a list of links to various reports on Unaffordable and Unsustainable? Signs of Failure in NASA's Earth-to-orbit Space Transportation Strategy.
July 24, 2006 – Leonard David of Space.com, in his article NASA Vision Plans Doomed, Space Advocacy Group, reports on the Foundation's current White Paper, Unaffordable and Unsustainable? Signs of Failure in NASA's Earth-to-orbit Space Transportation Strategy.
http://www.space.com/news/060724_cev_needsrevision.html

July 24, 2006 – Out of the Cradle: The Space Frontier Foundation has issues with Project Orion.
http://www.outofthecradle.net/archives/2006/07/
the-space-frontier-foundation-has-issues-with-project-orion/


July 25, 2006 – Rand Simberg at Transterrestrial Musings: Unaffordable And Unsustainable.
http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/007430.html

July 25, 2006 – COTS Watch: Unaffordable And Unsustainable.
http://cotswatch.org/2006/07/unaffordable_and_unsustainable.html

July 25, 2006 – Spacefellowship.com: Fundamental errors diagnosed.
http://www.spacefellowship.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=1791

July 26, 2006 – NASA Watch: SFF on Griffin's VSE Plan: You Can't Get There From Here.
http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2006/07/sff_on_griffins.html#more

July 26, 2006 – TMCnet.com: Space Frontier Foundation Slams NASA CEV Plans.
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/07/26/1745432.htm

July 26, 2006 – Hobbyspace.com: GAO recommends big changes to CEV program.
http://www.hobbyspace.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=2007

July 27, 2006 – David Chandler of NewScientist.com: NASA's plans could hurt Moon and Mars missions.
http://www.newscientistspace.com/article/
dn9632-nasas-plans-could-hurt-moon-and-mars-missions.html


July 27, 2006 – Larry Wheeler of Florida Today writes: Report critical of moon plans.
http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=
/20060727/NEWS02/607270334/1007


July 27, 2006 – SpaceDaily.com: Space Frontier Foundation Slams NASA CEV Plans.
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/
Space_Frontier_Foundation_Slams_NASA_CEV_Plans_999.html


July 27, 2006 – Technocrat.net: Next Gen Shuttle Replacement-Maximum Budget Buster.
http://technocrat.net/d/2006/7/27/6085

July 27, 2006 – Britian's Spacefleet Association: The Space Frontier Foundation declares NASA's VSE ''Unaffordable and Unsustainable''.
http://www.spacefleet.co.uk/portal/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=476

July 28, 2006 – Dvorak Uncensored: Space Frontier Foundation Slams NASA CEV Plans.
http://www.dvorak.org/blog/?p=6326

July 28, 2006 – SpacePolitics.com: CEV, COTS, and the gap.
http://www.spacepolitics.com/archives/001039.html

July 28, 2006 – SpaceDaily.com: GAO Critical Of NASA, Citing Financial Risks Of CEV.
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/GAO_Critical_Of_NASA_Citing_Financial_Risks_Of_CEV_999.html

August 28, 2006 – Eric R. Hedman of The Space Review: A drifting, blurring, and dimming Vision.
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/690/1

August 30, 2006 – Foundation Executive Director Jeff Krukin talks about and answers questions relating to "Unaffordable and Unsustainable? Signs of Failure in NASA's Earth-to-orbit Transportation Strategy,"
http://www.thespaceshow.com/detail.asp?q=548

September 1, 2006 – Mark Carreau of The Houston Chronicle: $8 billion NASA contract ushers in a new age of space exploration amid cost-overrun fears.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4156125.html

September 1, 2006 – Alan Boyle of MSNBC.com: Lockheed Martin to build future moonship – Team chosen over Northrop Grumman, Boeing for $3.9 billion Orion project.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14594789/

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