Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Fact Sheet Released for Obama's Space Policy Speech
Artist's concept of the Orion crew vehicle.
Florida Today has posted a three-page fact sheet outlining the elements of President Obama's space policy speech on Thursday.
Click here to download the Adobe Acrobat file.
Among its major elements:
* The proposal is estimated to create 2,500 jobs more in the Space Coast than under Constellation.
* Constellation will be "redesigned" so that Orion will be used as an escape vehicle from the ISS. It's unclear whether Orion will be used to launch American astronauts; probably not, as the Obama administration intends to turn over that duty to the private sector.
* A heavy-lift architecture will be selected by 2015 for deep-space flight.
The rest is pretty much what you already know.
A separate document estimates how the proposal will affect Florida space workers. Click here to download that document.