NASA Administrator

This is good news. We finally have one, and he’s the first in a long time to have his head screwed on straight with respect to private and commercial spaceflight. And (despite the fact that was a stupid criticism of Obama space policy, which had nothing to do with it, despite Charlie Bolden’s idiocy) he will never say anything about “Muslim outreach,” regardless of what news outlets he gives interviews to.

12 thoughts on “NASA Administrator”

    1. A glossy produced in connection with Bridenstine’s Space Renaissance Act showed a photo of SLS but did not mention it in the text. During his confirmation hearing some months ago, he danced around SLS, saying that hardware should be developed after the need has been identified (obvious to any sensible person, but not how SLS came about), but, as I recall, basically said SLS was in no danger. So, I think he recognizes that SLS is a waste of money, but he’s not going to try to do anything about it.

  1. SLS will have cost over 20 billion dollars before, it could have a test launch.
    And I think it should launch test payload or payload costing less than 50 million dollars
    of tax payer money.And
    It has been stupidity expensive.
    It seems to me, what is important, now, is how soon can it be safely launched.
    It was promised to have already to have been launched, and therefore their
    promise of any future launch date, should have an element of doubt.
    So rather wait for payload, the SLS rocket should be launched soon, and if
    not possible, perhaps the program should be terminated.

  2. Many of the comments over at Spacenews and other sites re Bridenstine are incredibly ill-informed and frankly bigoted against the new administrator. I guess that they need to be reminded that elections have consequences. I’ve never seen a more whiny bunch of sore losers.

  3. I’ve met Bridenstine a couple of times, and have been impressed with his intelligence, depth of knowledge of commercial space transportation, and overall accomplishments in life at such a young age. I’m really looking forward to his tenure as NASA Administrator. It could be another Goldin age (I know Dan much better than I do Bridenstine, and think he was the best NASA Administrator after James Webb).

    1. Paul has been on the road to Damascus. I talked to him at Ames in January. “Sometimes it takes a two-by-four between my eyes to get my attention, but I do eventually get it.”

      1. Better late than never. Blue’s obvious serious interest in lunar landers is what did it, I’m sure.

        The Road to Damascus, in fact, is getting rather heavily traveled. Mark Whittington’s “Come to Jesus” moment seems to have been the successful test flight of Falcon Heavy. He’s now massively un-skeptical about BFR-BFS and actually said some uncomplimentary things about SLS lately too amid musing about some face-saving and job-saving way to move SLS-as-it-stands aside. He even had nice things to say about my Reusable-SLS proposal in The Space Review Feb. 12 issue in three places:

        1) on his Feb. 20 appearance on Dr. David Livingston’s The Space Show episode.

        2) on his Mar. 7 appearance on the John Batchelor Show’s Hotel Mars segment, again in company with Dr. David Livingston – though the audio record of this appearance was apparently lost due to technical problems.

        3) In an article for The Hill that appeared Feb. 23. The mention included a link to my piece.

        As the saying goes, you could have knocked me over with a feather. But all converts to the cause of rational space policy are cordially welcome. Draw a weapon from the quartermaster, recruit, and fall in!

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