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.

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