Thursday, July 29, 2010

Elon Musk Opposes House NASA Funding Bill

Florida Today reports that SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail blast today hoping to rally opposition to the House FY 2011 NASA funding bill.

"Despite the imminent retirement of the Space Shuttle, H.R. 5781 authorizes over five times as many taxpayer dollars to fly NASA astronauts on the Russian Soyuz than it invests in developing an American commercial alternative, moreover at a time when jobs are sorely needed in the United States," Musk writes. "Quite simply, this bill represents the sort of senseless pork politics that has driven our national debt to the point where our economy can barely service it."

UPDATE July 30, 2009Florida Today reports that Musk met with their editorial board to discuss his position.

"It seems like just a basic rule of thumb -- maybe you want to spend as much on the American team as you do on the Russians," Musk said in a meeting with FLORIDA TODAY's editorial board at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, one man's vision is another man's pork. According to the FT report "... Musk says support for an emerging commercial spaceflight industry -- as promoted by the Obama administration -- is "only hope for the average citizen to one day travel to space" and calls for "your urgent help" contacting representatives."

    Why should we pay for this? I will pay to support science, engineering and exploration, but not for a thrill ride for the average citizen or an ego trip for the likes of Musk.