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NASA chief blasts US space policy in leaked email

Started by kmichaelm, 09/08/2008 11:21AM
Posted 09/08/2008 11:21AM Opening Post
NASA chief blasts US space policy in leaked email

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/08/griffin_leaked_email/

White House advisers waged 'jihad' on Shuttle, ISS

By Lewis Page


Published Monday 8th September 2008 09:46 GMT

An internal email from NASA chief Mike Griffin has been leaked to the media. It expresses Griffin's frustration with recent US space policy, says that White House oversight offices have waged a "jihad" against the space shuttle, and offers a gloomy view of the future.

The email was obtained at the weekend by the Orlando Sentinel, and lays out Griffin's view of how America should have acted in recent years.


"In a rational world," writes Griffin to a senior US advisor, "we would have been allowed to pick a shuttle retirement date to be consistent with Ares/Orion availability, we would have been asked to deploy Ares/Orion as early as possible (rather than 'not later than 2014') and we would have been provided the necessary budget to make it so."



Posted 09/08/2008 12:27PM #1
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/sep/HQ_08220_griffin_statement_email.html

David Mould
Headquarters, Washington
Sept. 7, 2008

RELEASE : 08-220


Statement of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Aug. 18 Email


WASHINGTON -- The following is the complete statement of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin regarding the Aug. 18 email published by the Orlando Sentinel:

The leaked internal email fails to provide the contextual framework for my remarks, and my support for the administration's policies. Administration policy is to retire the shuttle in 2010 and purchase crew transport from Russia until Ares and Orion are available. The administration continues to support our request for an INKSNA exemption. Administration policy continues to be that we will take no action to preclude continued operation of the International Space Station past 2016. I strongly support these administration policies, as do OSTP and OMB.


K. Michael Malolepszy said:

NASA chief blasts US space policy in leaked email

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/08/griffin_leaked_email/

White House advisers waged 'jihad' on Shuttle, ISS

By Lewis Page


Published Monday 8th September 2008 09:46 GMT

An internal email from NASA chief Mike Griffin has been leaked to the media. It expresses Griffin's frustration with recent US space policy, says that White House oversight offices have waged a "jihad" against the space shuttle, and offers a gloomy view of the future.

The email was obtained at the weekend by the Orlando Sentinel, and lays out Griffin's view of how America should have acted in recent years.


"In a rational world," writes Griffin to a senior US advisor, "we would have been allowed to pick a shuttle retirement date to be consistent with Ares/Orion availability, we would have been asked to deploy Ares/Orion as early as possible (rather than 'not later than 2014') and we would have been provided the necessary budget to make it so."