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Senate Proceeding on Jul 12th, 2010 :: 3:07:40 to 3:14:20
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Bill Nelson

3:07:27 to 3:07:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senators that want to speak on this briefly inform the senate that this coming thursday the full commerce committee will take up a number of bills that it will mark up. among them is the authorization

Bill Nelson

3:07:40 to 3:14:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

3:07:48 to 3:08:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: bill for nasa we are building consensus in what has otherwise been a consensusless position of the future of manned space program. the president had proposed one thing, he altered that, different people have different

Bill Nelson

3:08:11 to 3:08:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: ideas, different aerospace companies all looking to have a certain part of the manned space program also had their different ideas, and out of are trying to bring senators to build the consensus in a

Bill Nelson

3:08:33 to 3:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: space program is not only partisan, it is not even bipartisan, it's and to be ail to do this in a fairly -- and to be able to do this in a fairly unanimous way. i am happy to report that i think w we are getting there. i believe that what we will have is the essence of the president's proposal.

Bill Nelson

3:08:57 to 3:09:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: it will still have continuation of the present proposal for competion among commercial space companies to deliver not only cargo to the international space station, of which the president recommended and we will certainly authorize extending the life of the space

Bill Nelson

3:09:19 to 3:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: station to 2020, something that we've spent $100 billion on. it didn't make sense, as was proposed before, to cut it out in 2015, something that we've spent that much money on and are just now completing its construction. and that these commercial companies would, in this

Bill Nelson

3:09:41 to 3:10:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: authorization bill, have the direction as to how they go about manrating their systems in order to have the safety when you strap human beings onto rockets that defy the laws of gravity to take a human being

Bill Nelson

3:10:03 to 3:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: into low-earth orbit, to rendezvous and dock with the space station, and to return safely. so that's one thing. the next thing that we are gilding consensus on is -- that we are building consensus son to accelerate development of a heavy-lift vehicle. the president had said no later

Bill Nelson

3:10:25 to 3:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: than 2015. we're going to authorize nasa to start in 2011 and to take a lot of the existing technology and build upon that, make it evolvable with vehicle that would be in the

Bill Nelson

3:10:50 to 3:11:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: range of 75 metric tons in order to get space assets into low-earth orbit to ultimately fulfill the president's goal, as stated in his speech to the kennedy space center, which was to go to mars by flexible path and his specific time line was

Bill Nelson

3:11:13 to 3:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to rendezvous and land on the asteroid by 2025. so we accelerate the development of the heavy-lift vehicle. because the hardware is there, ready, will be on the pad, we're

Bill Nelson

3:11:35 to 3:11:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: going to authorize an additional flight of the space shuttle. this is the shuttle that they called the launch on knee. it is a second space shuttle that's on the pad for the remaining two, in case they got into trouble t becomes a rescue

Bill Nelson

3:11:57 to 3:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: shuttle to go and get the marooned astronauts were that to be the case. the fact is that they are doing so well now -- and now that we're going tond from the space station on these final two missions -- the likelihood of anything happening is de minimis.

Bill Nelson

3:12:19 to 3:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and, therefore, we're going to authorize the flying of that last shuttle, the launch on need, because we believe that there is a minimal risk, for if something did happen on ascent, such as a piece of foam coming

Bill Nelson

3:12:40 to 3:13:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: off and hitting the wing and knocking it hole in it, which was the cause of the destruction of the space shuttle "columbia" back in 2003, that then the astronauts would be able to take safe harbor in the international space station, and they would

Bill Nelson

3:13:02 to 3:13:22( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: then be able to be returned to earth by other vehicles, such as the russian soyuz, which is a permanent lifeboat, that is attached -- two of them -- to the international space station. we will continue in this authorization bill a robust

Bill Nelson

3:13:23 to 3:13:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: research and developmen program. we will continue the president's recommendations for his science budget, for his aeronautics budget of nasa, and all of this will be within the amount of money that the president has proposed. this nasa authorization bill

Bill Nelson

3:13:48 to 3:14:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: will be for three years, and we are expecting that we will be able to take this up this thursday and to pass it out of the full commerce committee we of course in respect to the appropriations process have been

Bill Nelson

3:14:09 to 3:14:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in close consultation colleagues in the appropriations committee and how the authorization committee and the appropriations committee work together has been a good example

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