Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Japanese Delegates Support Obama's Space Plan

Florida Today reports that members of a visiting Japanese delegation generally support President Obama's FY 2011 NASA budget proposal.

Project Constellation offered no chance for global partners to participate, said Hiroshi Kawato, a manager with the systems engineering and launch services department Mitsubishi Heavy Industries LTD.

But Obama's push to develop commercial space taxi services for astronauts could open up business for companies like Mitsubishi, which manufactures the Japanese H-IIA and H-IIB rockets.

"We are very eager to step forward and step up to launching humans," Kawato said.

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