Apr 13, 2010 10:26 PM by John Romero
As the 26th National Space Symposium kicks off in Colorado Springs this week, there are a lot of questions surrounding government funding... or lack of funding for space projects. "The recent budget proposal from the Obama administration proposes canceling the Constellation which is the program that was supposed to replace the shuttle." says Janet Stevens with the Space Foundation.
While that move could hurt private aerospace companies in Colorado, some of that funding is could be diverted to those private businesses. "It's being directed towards more fundamental research and looking at the next technologies for getting into space." explains Stevens, "So it's a different way of spending the money." That can bode well for Colorado. "With that privatization Colorado could benefit." says Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, "We have 300 companies that are aerospace companies in this state."
President Obama is set to make some tough decisions regarding the funding this week. All the time, Ritter and other Colorado leaders will be holding their breath. "I think they'll take a serious look at this funding package with NASA and ask the question about job creation and job loss, and hopeful re-think this particular part of the president's budget." he says.