House to Hold Hearing on NASA's New Space Launch System

House to Hold Hearing on NASA's New Space Launch System

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee today announced that it will hold a hearing about NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) in two weeks.

The hearing is scheduled for July 12 at 10:00 am EDT in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is listed as the only witness. Congress has been anxiously awaiting NASA’s plan for building the SLS. It directed NASA to build this heavy lift launch vehicle (HLLV) in the 2010 NASA Authorization Act. NASA was supposed to submit a report about its reference design for the system in January 2011. A report was submitted, but it was only an interim version.

Earlier this week, the bi-partisan leadership of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee threatened to subpoena NASA documents about SLS and other matters that it requested in May if NASA does not provide them by next Monday.

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