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False Alarm

I'm informed by a reliable source within NASA that COTS is not being cut (at least, not now). PAO will supposedly be straightening the story out with Flight International. While I'm obviously glad to hear it, the fact remains that I was unshocked at the original story. Things like this have happened too many times before, and NASA still has the sad precedent of Alternate Access to live down.

[Update at 3:40 PM EDT]

Clark Lindsey makes a good point about the danger of these kinds of rumors:

According to the FI story, it was one or more of the companies among the finalists in the program that told them about the problem. If the companies are confused about the NASA funding, that's obviously not a good thing since it would hamper their money raising among private investors. Most of the money for their projects will have to come from private sources.

[One more late-night Monday update]

I'm informed (again, reliably) that COTS is in fact sacrosanct, as a result of strong support from the White House. Which makes it a shame that it doesn't get support for more funding. Five hundred million sounds like a lot in absolute terms, and it's better than a kick in the teeth. But over several years, it's a pittance, both against what it would really need to ensure a diversity in space transportation providers, and against what NASA will be spending otherwise, almost certainly much less productively.

Posted by Rand Simberg at July 03, 2006 11:51 AM
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I think I said it before, but it bears repeating that one should not instantly react and assume the worst at every rumor in the media, even in the new media.

Posted by Mark R Whittington at July 3, 2006 12:13 PM

Gotta give Mark props on this one. His "Don't panic" attitude earned him a free towel.

Posted by Mike Puckett at July 3, 2006 12:42 PM

Mike - But also Rand did a stand up thing by posting the news that it was a false alarm immediately.

Posted by Mark R. Whittington at July 3, 2006 12:51 PM

Very true, not trying to rub anybodys nose in it.

Just glad it isn't true as I think we all are.

Posted by Mike Puckett at July 3, 2006 04:38 PM


Posted by Josh Reiter at July 3, 2006 05:22 PM

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