Two former officials of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration along with former President Clinton’s national science advisor have issued a report suggesting that the space agency should return to its roots by restoring the aeronautics portion of its mission.
NASA Research Park
While the Aerospace Industries Association calls for more money for aeronautics research and development, the Bush White House wants a NASA budget that would slash funding for this type of work.
Congress Might Clip NASA’s Wings
NASA’s use of seven of its fleet of 85 aircraft to transport employees to routine site visits, meetings, speeches and conferences cost American taxpayers $20 million more than having space agency personnel fly on the airlines.
NASA is restructuring its aeronautics research programs, including fundamental aeronautics, airspace systems, aviation safety and aeronautics testing. Among the goals of the restructuring are protecting and maintaining NASA’s key aeronautics research and test facilities as national assets.