Boeing Makes Moves On Commercial ISS Module
"Potential step toward a space hotel"
: SOME DETAILS about the plan came out Saturday during
: a conference on space commercialization presented by
: the Space Frontier Foundation.
Once again SFF leaders double cross both commercial
space companies and space activists, but letting
Boeing use this event to promote their ISS contracting
: ?Yesterday, an international consortium submitted a
: proposal to NASA for providing commercial lodging on
: the space station,? said Brent Sherwood, a Boeing
: program development manager focusing on the space
: station effort.
Ahem, Boeing already is getting paid to provide a Hab
module to do this under their current ISS prime
contract. Why should Boeing be allowed to use this
insider knowledge to unfairly compete with other real
commercial parties, when they haven't even finished
the job on ISS. You can bet they will find a way to
stick the taxpayers with the bill for this boondoggle.
: He indicated that NASA may make an initial
: determination by Dec. 13 on whether the proposal
: moves forward, but Brown said he couldn't confirm
: that claim.
Yet another backroom deal, without any fair and open
competition or Congressional insight. I guess NASA
has been taking lessons from Russia and Indonesia on
the art of "crony capitalism."
: The proposal for a commercial habitation module
: doesn't exactly come as a surprise: NASA encouraged
: such proposals during an August conference conducted
: at the Johnson Space Center, and two weeks ago the
: Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Boeing was
: interested in becoming the module's ?landlord.?
Excuse me, who said they could?
: Sherwood declined to comment on whether the proposed
: space station module could eventually house space
: travelers who were not part of the astronaut corps.
I wouldn't hold your breath. Although this won't stop
Boeing and NASA from blackmailing space enthusiasts
and space tourism companies into supporting ISS by
dangling this "carrot" of ISS space tourism.
: Eric Anderson, vice president and general manager of
: Space Adventures, said the company was holding
: $2 million in escrow that would represent more than
: $15 million in business if passengers followed
: through on their initial deposits ? ?which ain?t bad
: for not really having a product to sell yet.?
Again I wonder if this will motivate Space Adventures
to cut a deal with NASA and United Space Alliance to
fly customers on the shuttle? Space Adventures can't
spend that $15M or even the $2M down payment until they
have a ride. With the commercial launchers slow in
getting funding, it might cause some questionable
deals to be made.
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