Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Charles Bolden appointed NASA admin

Though his confirmation by the Senate is yet to come, here are some thoughts on a NASA administered by Charles Bolden (and prospective deputy admin Lori Garver).


"Which policy path should we anticipate would be chosen by Bolden? I believe the clues to his preferences are found in his job history. He has not been involved in private commercial space companies. His military and astronaut careers argue for a government-oriented outlook. His post-NASA career as a lobbyist for rocket contractor Alliant Techsystems and his position on the board of directors of Constellation contractor (and conglomerate) GenCorp suggest he’ll prefer a government dominated space policy approach."

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