On Wednesday, NASA Administrator Jim Britindyn appeared before the US Congress to talk about the president's fiscal demand for fiscal year 2020. the Space Launch System launcher, especially from representatives whose countries have a large number of jobs associated with the program.
The questions came a day after Vice President Mike Pens announced the SLS missile program for his desire to send people. "If our current performers can not do that, then we'll find those who will," Pens said. During the hearing of household budgets, SLS lawmakers wanted to make sure that NASA is still planning to use the missile for the needs of the agency's heavy duty agents. a big missile that the agency could not live on: "Can you highlight the key reasons why SLS is the best approach for these missions and what options does it offer that other alternatives can not?" she asked.
A Florida representative wanted to make sure his state, the home of the Kennedy Space Center, is still receiving lucrative contracts to build ground launch systems. A Mississippi official was worried that NASA's plan to accelerate the development of the SLS missile would be handled by the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi, which will perform key trials. Nobody except Bridental seemed to be particularly concerned about the President's purpose of landing in 2024 on the Moon.
But perhaps the most remarkable comment came from Robert Aderholt, another representative of Alabama, whose area is close to Marshall's Space Flight Center. He wanted to know about jobs.
NASA often highlights the fact that its SLS missile and the Orion spacecraft support spacecraft suppliers. For example, the website of this agency describes the number of suppliers in each state and states: "Men and women in all 50 countries are working hard to build NASA's deep space research systems to support missions on the Moon, Mars, and so on. Alabama has only 1
06 suppliers, according to NASA's website.
However, the agency and its representatives in Congress have doubts about the proposal that SLS and Orion programs are actually employment programs. This is considered an insult. And in a sense this is understandable – it's not like an army of good people who do not work very hard at the agency to deliver space flights.
However, there is no doubt that Congress looks at these programs through
But what about suppliers?
Rep. Aderholt made this clear Wednesday in a way that was rarely public. The SLS and Orion programs are, of course, the key to the health of our national base for aerospace service providers and indeed has really helped to re-energize suppliers in all 50 countries after the shuttle shutdown, "said Aderhoht in the end of the hearing.
When Congress created the SLS in 2010 and 2011, it sought to make the most of the space shuttle components and include key artists such as Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Northrup Grumman. , Then Adherholt notes that the SLS rack keeps NASA jobs at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), Marshall Space Center (Alabama), Stenis Space Center (Mississippi), and Mihum Assamblea (Louisiana). of our national space programs, such as opportunities, supplier base, SLS innovation, the benefits of Orion for a wide range of aerospace industry users? "- Anderholt asked
Bridental – who himself is a former representative who left home to become an administrator – called it a great point SLS and Orion support an industrial base that holds America at the forefront of the world's space flights. Bridenstine went on: "I can tell you, as a former member of the Oklahoma Congress, we have many providers of these programs in Oklahoma that are doing critical work."