The Space Frontier Foundation, a citizens' space organization, has launched a national internet survey of the American people on the importance of revolutionizing space transportation.
CNI News readers can participate in the survey by accessing the Foundation's World Wide Web site at http://www.space-frontier.org/CATS.
"We're asking the taxpayers -- who pay for the U.S. space program -- what the nation's priorities should be in space transportation," said Foundation President Rick Tumlinson. "It's not just the people's money at risk here, it's our future and our children's future."
The 12-question survey asks citizens via the internet to give their opinions on how the U.S. should try to achieve "Cheap Access to Space". The results of the survey will be presented to national leaders at a NASA-sponsored symposium on Cheap Access to Space to be held July 21-22 in Washington D.C.
Among the issues being surveyed: Does the public want to pay billions to upgrade and continue government operations of the Space Shuttle system or instead transition to privately-owned Reusable Launch Vehicles? Should NASA fund just one experimental Single Stage to Orbit system or does the need for competition demand that we fund at least two approaches? Can the Space Shuttle be privatized, and should it be? How much regulation of the commercial launch industry do we really need to ensure public safety, and how much can we afford?
The public is invited to learn more about these and other issues at the Foundation's symposium on "Cheap Access to Space: The Key to the Space Frontier" on July 21-22 at the Capitol Hill Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C. This symposium is sponsored by NASA and co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and Air Force Phillips Laboratory. The symposium is free to U.S. citizens who complete the registration requirements at http://www.space-frontier.org/CATS. Seating is Limited.
For information on the Foundation call 1-800-78SPACE or visit http://www.space-frontier.org. Email the Foundation at OPENFRONTIER@DELPHI.COM
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