NASA HQ Reality Distortion Field Strengthens

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AmericaSpace Note: No sooner had we published, tongue-in-cheek, a post on a possible reality distortion field affecting NASA headquarters, conceding that it could just be a mixture of the D.C. water and being 9 stories up, when this email flopped over the transom.

If the title NASA Announces Commercial Crew Initiative Forum isn’t evidence of a real-live RA field, we don’t know what else could be. Last we checked, both the House and Senate version of the 2010 NASA Authorization Act pretty much put the kibosh on commercial crewed anything until commercial launchers demonstrate that they can launch and fly safely by, and we know some will be aghast at this, by actually flying safely several times over the course of a few years.

We can only guess that the feeling of some at NASA headquarters is, in addition to “ad astra”, perhaps “ad infernis Congress”?

NASA Announces Commercial Crew Initiative Forum

WASHINGTON — NASA is hosting a forum to present an overview of common themes captured from industry responses to NASA’s Commercial Crew Initiative Request For Information (RFI). The forum is scheduled for 9 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 19 at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington.

The RFI, issued on May 21, collected information from industry to help NASA plan the overall strategy for the development and demonstration of a commercial crew transport capability and to receive comments on NASA human-rating technical requirements.

The Aug. 19 forum will include discussion about how NASA is addressing the common themes in the responses and presentations on the availability of agency facilities and the availability of service arrangements for commercial providers. NASA managers also will participate in a question-and-answer session.

Media interested in attending the conference must register by 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 18 with Michael Braukus at: michael.j.braukus@nasa.gov

The forum will be broadcast live on NASA Television and online via an agency webcast. Viewers can to ask real-time questions and offer comments online. For the Aug. 19 webcast, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov

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