Today I had the pleasure of being part of a Google Hangout on Air Teleconference for the first Space Advocacy Call of 2017. I am honored to have the opportunity to interact with our top space policy staff and Planetary Society’s CEO Bill Nye.
Topics included the latest insights into the future of NASA, analysis of where the new Administration may take the space program, and what The Planetary Society is doing to engage the new Congress and White House to promote our goals.
Space exploration doesn’t just happen. It results from specific decisions made by government and industries acting on behalf of committed citizens. Knowing why, how, and where the decisions for the future of space are made empowers you to better influence their outcome.
Participants were allowed to submit questions during the Google Hangout on Air. Here are the questions I asked during the teleconference:
(Q1) Mat Kaplan: The Gluten Free Nerd, With plans for Orion and moving forward, should we expect approval to increase budget to Nasa through adjustments in proportions of tax funds allocated to NASA?
Casey Dreier: That would be a very important goal. Lets talk about where we are in terms of the big picture here and this is where I think – if anything we’ve learned from 2016 is making political prognostications is a risky game. This is where we’re trying to be aware of what’s happening, but not to make too many long term predictions.
Bill Nye: Presumptions.
Casey Dreier: Thank you, Bill.
Bill Nye: We’re not going to presume that Nasa’s budget will get increased, but we’re hoping it will be based on the idea that we have bipartisan support.
Casey Dreier: And we’re not just hoping – we’re working to make that happen. Here’s where we are though, here’s the math. This is where I think we do honestly have some very strong supporters in congress who are empowering congress, the republicans, who do want to see this grow. Here’s the math: we have from what we understand a very large tax cut coming through, we have the intention to have a large infrastructure spending bill, we have the intention to have increased spending on the military side of the US budget, and we have also had a stated intention to go after, and to diminish and to decrease the part of the budget that’s called non defense discretionary. Basically that’s what funds what we think of as government. That’s where NASA is funded out of, that where the National Science Foundation is funded, the National Endowment for the Arts, roads, veterans, healthcare…you name it – the FBI, homeland security. All of this is funded out of non defense discretionary. They have stated that they want to diminish this over the years by about 20%, over the next 4 years. If NASA’s pot of money that it draws from shrinks, NASA itself is going to have a hard time maintaining its current budget, basically it means it’s growing in proportion to its shrinking pool that it can draw from, much less grow. Now we don’t know for sure this will be the outcome. Parties in power tend to learn to love deficit spending. Right? Because no one wants to, it tends to be very politically unpopular to cut popular programs, go figure. The issues here is that are we really going to see, and this is what no one really knows yet, there’s a very strong contingent in the house of representative in particular, who are truly committed to cutting big portions of government in order to pay for these other items. We don’t know if they’re a big enough contingent yet to override a more moderate wing or more free spending wing of the republic party, or if they find some sort of coalition of democrats and republicans to come together and pass some bigger spending bills. We’re going to find out here relatively soon basically where people true beliefs systems exist and also how committed they are to them in the face of real political consequences.
(Q2) Mat Kaplan: The Gluten Free Nerd, how do you expect Pruitt’s appointment to impact the program based on your current view on the administration’s take on human impact on the environment? And that is the new Secretary of the Interior.
Bill Nye: Mm-hmm.
Casey Dreier: Of the EPA.
Mat Kaplan: I’m sorry, EPA director. Sorry, my mistake.
Bill Nye: EPA, yeah, not Secretary of the Interior. You know, the names are thrown around. Well, I, I think one of the things you talked about a few times, Casey, was regulation and space launches have regulations just like airplane runways and airports. So I imagine they’ll be a way to, I can imagine Mr. Pruitt wanting to enable more launches with fewer, with less energy spent on environmental impact statements. I’m imagining that. And people want to have space ports in New Mexico and Texas. Spaceport is like an airport. But there’s concerns down range. I went by the pad where the big explosion was last September. Man, when a rocket blows up, it’s serious business. So I imagine the Environmental Protection Agency will work less with the Federal Aviation Administration on rocket launches. Casey, do you have any opinion on that?
Casey Dreier: I don’t have any much more to add than that.
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I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of the #NasaSocial Team this week for the SpaceX CRS-10 launch! This is the first time Nasa has had a launch from pad 39A since shuttle missions. The Dragon will carry 5,500 lbs of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the station crew members. When SpaceX’s Dragon launches to the International Space Station on Sunday, it will carry two more Earth science instruments that are dedicated to observing and increasing our understanding of our home planet. Launching tomorrow is a sequel to a successful lightning study mission that will use the unique vantage point of the International Space Station. The Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) will be mounted to the station and is designed to measure the amount, rate and optical characteristics of lighting over Earth. Some science that’s on board the shuttle includes: Sage III, an ozone modular instrument looking at the health of our earth’s earth sunscreen from the International Space Station. Burke Research Laboratories is sending a protein crystallograpy experiment that’s going to be focused on better understanding Keytruda, which is an FDA approved drug for cancer patients. And The Mayo Clinic is sending a stem cell investigation to the ISS National lab to assist those who have suffered strokes.
If you couldn’t tell from my smile, this was truly the BEST DAY EVER. I was very fortunate to take a tour of SpaceX, and that’s the Falcon 9 in the picture with me. The Falcon 9 is the first landed rocket from space. SpaceX is like the Willy Wonka Factory for all things space related. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the ground up for maximum reliability. Falcon 9’s simple two-stage configuration minimizes the number of separation events — and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete its mission even in the event of an engine shutdown.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. It’s headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Tesla Motors CEO and former PayPal entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of creating the technologies to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.
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This is a list of gluten free & allergy friendly restaurants San Diego:
Just keep in mind at the end of the day, no place can be guaranteed 100% safe if you’re not making your own food. I also recommend you download the Find Me Gluten Free phone app if you don’t already have it. I use it in my own city and whenever I travel. It will use the GPS location on your phone to locate the nearest gluten free friendly restaurants to you. I love it! And the reviews are extremely helpful when selecting where you might decide to eat. I always call a restaurant in advance and ask to speak to a manager to go over how they avoid any cross contamination for gluten free menu options.
Point Loma: 2400 Historic Decatur Road – San Diego, CA 92106 University Town Center: 4545 La Jolla Village Drive – San Diego, CA 92122 Mission Valley: 1640 Camino del Rio North, Suite FS-7 – San Diego, CA 92108 Downtown San Diego: 110 West Broadway – San Diego, CA 92101
Mission Valley: 1025 Camino De La Reina, Suite 2 – San Diego, CA 92108 Hillcrest: 734 University Ave., Unit C – San Diego, CA 92103 City Heights: 4403 University Avenue, #100 – San Diego, CA 92105 Clairemont: 5650 Balboa Ave, Ste 105-106 – San Diego, CA 92111 Sports Arena: 3680 Rosecrans St. – San Diego, CA 92110 SDSU Campus: 5500 Campanile Drive – San Diego, CA 92182 Clairemont Mesa: 7081 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 103/104 – San Diego, CA 92111 Downtown San Diego: 101 West Broadway – San Diego, CA 92101 Rolando: 6083 El Cajon Blvd – San Diego, CA 92115 Pacific Beach: 1504 Garnet Ave. – San Diego, CA 92109 La Mesa: 8005 Fletcher Parkway – La Mesa, CA 91942 University Town Center: 8750 Genesee Avenue, Suite 240 – San Diego, CA 92122 Mira Mesa: 2750 Bauer Road – San Diego, CA 92145 National City: 404 Mile of Cars Way – National City, CA 91950 La Jolla: 8657 Villa La Jolla – La Jolla, CA 92037 La Jolla: 1055 Torrey Pines Road, Suite 101 – La Jolla, CA 92037 National City: 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, 2450 – National City, CA 91950 Mira Mesa: 8250 Mira Mesa Blvd., Unit G – San Diego, CA 92126 Santee: 9828 Mission Gorge Road, Suite C – Santee, CA 92071 Chula Vista: 569 H Street – Chula Vista, CA 91910 Chula Vista: 720 Otay Lakes Road – Chula Vista, CA 91910 El Cajon: 225 Jamacha Road, Ste 105 – El Cajon, CA 92019 El Cajon: 12098 Fury Lane – El Cajon, CA 92019 Carmel Valley: 3881 Valley Centre Drive – San Diego, CA 92130 Chula Vista: 2290 Otay Lakes Rd., Suite 102 – Chula Vista, CA 91915-1000 Poway: 13495 Poway Rd. – Poway, CA 92064 Carmel Mountain: 11134 Rancho Carmel Drive – San Diego, CA 92128 Del Mar: 2710 Via De La Valle, B290 – Del Mar, CA 92014 4S Ranch: 10550 Craftsman Way, 180 – San Diego, CA 92127 Encinitas: 268 North El Camino Real – Encinitas, CA 92024 Carlsbad: 3416 Via Mercato, 110 – Carlsbad, CA 92009 Escondido: 1282 Auto Park Way – Escondido, CA 92029 Escondido: 1201 E Valley Pkwy – Escondido, CA 92027 San Marcos: 575 Grand Avenue – San Marcos, CA 92078 Carlsbad: 2505 Palomar Airport Road, Bldg 4, Ste 100 – Carlsbad, CA 92011 Vista: 30 Main St. – Vista, CA 92083 Oceanside: 2611 Vista Way – Oceanside, CA 92054 Oceanside: 4111 Oceanside Blvd – Oceanside, CA 92056 Oceanside: 495 College Blvd , Ste A & B – Oceanside, CA 92057
University Town Center: 4540 La Jolla Village Dr. – San Diego, CA 92122 Fashion Valley: 7077 Friars Rd. – San Diego, CA 92108 Chula Vista: 2015 Birch Rd. Suite 1401 – Chula Vista, CA 91915 Carlsbad: 5621 Paseo Del Norte – Carlsbad, CA 92008
Point Loma: 3750 Sports Arena Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92110 San Marcos: 579 Grand Avenue – San Marcos, CA 92078 Santee: 9816 Mission Gorge Rd. – Santee, CA 92071 Rancho Bernardo: 17051 West Bernardo Dr. – Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127
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