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Golden Hammer: $350 million NASA project to be completed, then mothballed because of lack of need

Posted on February 2nd, 2014 at 15:58 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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NASA is supposed to build machines that launch into space, not structures that stay grounded on Earth and send spending into the stratosphere.

But that is exactly what is happening this year as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration completes the $350 million rocket-engine testing A-3 tower at its research facility in Mississippi. There is just one problem: The space exploration agency doesn’t want it.

Instead, NASA is forced to complete the project — which now won’t be put to use — because of legislation handed down from Congress in what critics say is a classic example of earmarking.

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NASA does not expect to use the tower after construction but is compelled by legislation from Sen. Roger F. Wicker, Mississippi Republican, who wants to ensure the project is completed.

  1. This is NASA’s problem today, their funding isn’t fixed & politicians give them their quite specific marching orders. Over the next 5 years or so, expect to hear about NASA’s Heavy-Lift rocket, SLS. 18 billion dollars to get the 1st one off the pad in December 2017 with a unit cost of 1.6 BILLION dollars for 70 metric tonnes of lift and oh, by the way, it’ll be 2021 before it flies as often as ONCE PER YEAR & ISNT PROJECTED TO FLY MORE OFTEN THAN THAT BETWEEN 2021 & 2032.

    And in the meantime, the private sector will have 55 tonnes of lift at up to ten times a year for LESS THAN 130 MILLION DOLLARS by 2015.

    US politicians have NASA spending 3 billion dollars a year for something the private sector will very soon be doing TWENTY-FOUR TIMES CHEAPER.

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