House Hearing on NASA Infrastructure, September 2013

House Hearing on NASA Infrastructure, September 2013

The Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on September 20, 2013 on challenges facing decisions about NASA infrastructure — what facilities to keep, demolish, abandon or turn over to other users.   The real focus of the hearing, however, was the difficulty in making infrastructure decisions when NASA’s future goals for human exploration are unclear.  A specific topic that permeated the hearing was the fate of launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which had been used for the space shuttle program, but NASA now wants to lease to a commercial user because it is no longer needed.   SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on September 20.