Boeing Comments On
Obama’s Remarks On The Need For Heavy Lift Vehicle
April 18, 2010 – U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled proposed changes to the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget submission for space exploration, including a crew rescue vehicle and a decision on a heavy-lift rocket in 2015, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. The Boeing Company responded today with the following statement.
enthusiasm for space exploration was encouraging. We are pleased that
the president remains committed to human spaceflight. We remain
"Boeing has served as a major partner in humankind's exploration of
space since the beginning. Our talented people bring a mature
understanding of NASA's enduring needs; a practical, businesslike
approach to innovation; and a commitment to mission assurance and the
safety and success of our astronaut corps.
"We are encouraged by the extension of the International Space Station
program and look forward to enhancing scientific research onboard,
upgrading the space station, and using it as a
“Benefits to be gained from extension of the space station include
international cooperation; medical and pharmaceutical advancements; its
use as a test bed for demonstrating Earth-observation capabilities and
future exploration technologies; and the availability of a waypoint for
future exploration missions.
"Excellence in human spaceflight is an important part of the American
identity and symbolizes global leadership on the highest of
technological platforms. We are greatly concerned that by backing away
from the challenges of human space exploration, the
bold national space program also supports the
"We support the
president's call for increased investment in heavy-lift launch vehicle
technology, but we believe the
“We have the
technology and the people to commence development of these vehicles now.
A plan that includes a heavy-lift vehicle would enable space exploration
supported by humans, large-array telescopes and deep-space robotic
missions. It could achieve maximum benefit from American tax dollars by
drawing on the cutting-edge technology already being developed for the
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