Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011
With the government acting as a catalyst, the commercial spaceflight industry is already developing into an exciting new driver of technological innovation, job creation and economic growth. A recent industry survey by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation projects that more than 5,000 direct jobs, including jobs in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia, would be created over the next five years if the NASA proposal is approved. Thousands of additional jobs would be created indirectly.
Commercial transport of both supplies and our astronauts is a safe, reliable and cost-effective way to continue NASA's manned flights to the vitally important Space Station after the Space Shuttle program ends. A Commercial Crew program would support full utilization of the Space Station, reduce U.S. reliance on Russia to launch American astronauts, and allow NASA to focus its resources on exploration beyond low-Earth-orbit (LEO).
We look forward to Congressional approval of the NASA budget proposal.
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