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starship-design: FW: SSRT: Space Access Society Political Alert 8/20/98 (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 17:55:01 -0400 (EDT)
From: Donald L Doughty <spacelst@world.std.com>
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Subject: SAS Political Alert, Military Spaceplane Funding - 8/20/98 (fwd)
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            Space Access Society Political Alert 8/20/98
          "Military Spaceplane" Technology Project Funding

The impression among many of our advisors a year ago was that we'd
just about won, and could all go tend our own gardens.  This, alas,
has turned out not to be the case.  (On a personal note, being burnt
out from spending much of the last twelve years at this has gotten
boring. - HV)  There's work to do.  We're back.

We were never all that far gone, actually - we've been keeping an
eye on developments, butting in once or twice when needed, and of
course we put on Space Access '98 this spring, the latest of our
annual gettogethers of some of the more interesting players in the
cheap access field.  (We'll be doing it again next spring; we're
currently looking at Friday April 16th through Sunday April 18th -
drop us a note ASAP if you know of a major schedule conflict we've
missed that weekend; we're close to closing the hotel contract.)

The specific thing that's stirred us out of our public silence is
a chance to usefully increase the diversity of the US government's
reusable launcher technology development efforts.  Your help over
the next couple weeks can improve the odds of this happening

 - Summary

The USAF Military Spaceplane (MSP) technology project was line-item
vetoed last fall.  Now that the line-item veto has been tossed out
by the courts, we want to see that $10 million in MSP funding for
this year restored, and we want to see at least $25 million added
for MSP to next years budget.  The Congress is in recess until after
Labor Day - your Representative and Senators will likely be making
appearances locally at "town meetings", Labor Day events etc.  You
may be able to find an opportunity to ask them personally to support
adding at least $25 million for USAF Military Spaceplane research to
the FY'99 Defense budget.  You can definitely let their DC offices
know what you want.

 - Background

The USAF "Military Spaceplane" (MSP) technology project grew out of
the DC-X program office at Phillips Labs in New Mexico.  The
project's goal is to put together and test technologies to support
eventual development of low-cost fast-turnaround reusable military

USAF MSP has been severely budget-limited, bottoming out with last
year's line-item veto, but they have managed to bring one project,
the X-40A "Space Maneuver Vehicle" (SMV), a reusable recoverable
autonomous upper stage, to the point of its successful first flight
test last week - an unpowered drop-test that checked out the X-40A's
low-speed aerodynamics and autoland capability.

USAF MSP has other worthwhile projects stuck at the planning stage
for lack of funds, in particular their Integrated Technology Testbed
(ITTB), an expandable ground-test rig that would bring together
representative reusable launcher hardware and run it through
repeated realistic space-mission simulations.

ITTB might eventually, depending on both funding and interim
results, be evolved into some sort of son-of-DC-X low-cost flight
demonstrator - but the project is designed to return useful
knowledge across a range of funding levels.

Space Access Society believes that USAF MSP is a good value for
taxpayer dollars, for a number of reasons.

 - They have a good track record, building the DC-X reusable rocket
demonstrator and flying it eight times (before NASA took it over)
for roughly a hundred million dollars total, not to mention their
recent first-flight X-40A success.

 - The potential USAF requirements MSP is aiming at have much in
common with potential commercial RLV operator requirements - fast
turnaround, small ground crews, minimal fixed ground infrastructure
for dispersed operations, and both ground-to-orbit and high-speed
point-to-point flight.  The operational characteristics and also the
technologies USAF MSP is looking at are largely complementary to,
not competitive with, the direction various NASA RLV efforts are
taking.  (NASA RLV has displayed a tendency to concentrate on
radical technological advances while paying less attention to the
mundane operational considerations that are of critical interest to
both potential military and commercial operators.)  Put another way,
USAF and Fedex requirements have a lot more in common with each
other than either has with NASA's.

 - MSP is cheap insurance against both hostile space competition in
the next century, and against possible problems with NASA RLV
efforts, about which the jury is still very much out.  If nothing
else, a little friendly competition concentrates minds no end...

 Congressional Background

Congress is out of session until after Labor Day, when they'll
reconvene for the final push to pass all the FY'99 budget bills by
early October, leaving them some time to campaign before the
November elections.  The House and Senate versions of the Defense
Appropriation bill are already passed and ready for the conference
committee to hammer out the differences, and neither contains
anything for Military Spaceplane.

Normally this would mean no chance for MSP; Congressional procedure
usually forbids adding anything in conference that wasn't in at
least one version of the bill.  But these are unusual circumstances:
the reason there was no MSP money in either bill was that MSP was
among the handful of items line-item vetoed last year, and until the
courts overturned the line-item veto, there seemed no point in
including MSP again only to be line-item vetoed again.

 - SAS Action Recommendations

 Who To Target

Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittees
(plus the overall Appropriations Committee bosses) are key; they
will most likely be the Defense Appropriations conference members.
Other members of the Appropriations Committees also have influence
here and are worth contacting, as are members of the House and
Senate Defense Authorizations committees.  And even those not in any
of these positions can if they choose put in a word with their
colleagues who are.

See attached lists for whether your Representative or Senators are
on the Defense subcommittees.  (Your 9-digit zip code and www.vote-
smart.org will tell you who your Representative and Senators are,
what committees they're on, and what their DC and local office phone
and fax numbers are.)

 What To Do

Congress is out of session until after Labor Day - this means many
Representatives and some Senators will be back in the home districts
warming up for this fall's reelection campaigns, appearing at
numerous public and private events.  Those of you who have some
previous experience at this might want to prepare a five-minute
presentation on why USAF MSP should be funded and try to make an
appointment to brief your Representative or Senator.

Any of you feeling moderately ambitious, articulate, and presentable
might want to call your Representative or Senator's local office and
ask for their local event schedule with an eye toward one where you
might have a chance to give MSP funding a ten-second pitch, and go
do it.  A "town meeting" event where you can deliver a question from
the audience, a picnic where you can walk up, introduce yourself as
a constituent, and ask support for MSP funding, etc...

If you do this, bring along a one-page letter describing what it is
you're asking for, as below, so you can hand it to one of the
staffers likely to be nearby after you make your point.  Then follow
up by contacting the DC office of the person you've pitched, as
below, mentioning this is something you asked their boss for at
whatever the event was.

The default is to call, write, or fax your Congressman's and/or your
Senators' DC offices, and ask that they support adding $25 million
to the (FY'99) Defense budget for Military Spaceplane technology
work in Program Element 603401F, in the Defense Appropriations

If you call, ask to speak to the person who handles defense matters.
(If they tell you their boss isn't on any of the defense committees,
ask them if their boss could pass this along to one of his/her
colleagues who is.)  Chances are you'll get switched to their
voicemail.  Voicemail or in person, identify yourself as a
constituent (Hi, I'm Joe Smith from Sheboygan), make your pitch
briefly, give them a one-sentence reason why you think it's
important, thank them for their time, and ring off.  If you do get
them live and they have questions, do your best to answer them.

If you write or fax, keep it short, one page max, and state your
main point at the start, then briefly give supporting points.  Make
sure to sign it with where you're from ("Joe Smith, Sheboygan") so
they know you're an actual constituent.

And of course, either way, be polite - the staffers who'll likely be
handling your contact are chronically underpaid and overworked.  One
bad impression can waste a lot of good impressions.

(Space Access Society's sole purpose is to promote near-term radical
reductions in the cost of reaching space.  We encourage you to
redistribute this Alert in any medium you choose.

 Space Access Society

"Reach low orbit and you're halfway to anywhere in the Solar System"

                                        - Robert Anson Heinlein

Congressional Committee Lists


  House Appropriations Committee, National Security Subcommittee

(Appropriations Chair)                    voice       fax
 Livingston, Robert (R-01 LA)       1-202-225-3015 1-202-225-0739
(Appropriations Ranking Minority Member)
 Obey, David R. (D-07)              1-202-225-3365 1-202-225-0561
(NatSec Subcommittee Chair)
 Young, C. W. Bill (R-10 FL)        1-202-225-5961 1-202-225-9764
(NatSec Subcommittee RMM)
 Murtha, John P. (D-12 PA)          1-202-225-2065 1-202-225-5709
 Lewis, Jerry (R-40 CA)             1-202-225-5861 1-202-225-6498
 Dixon, Julian C. (D-32 CA)         1-202-225-7084 1-202-225-4091
 Randy Cunningham (R CA)            1-202-225-5452 1-202-225-2558
 Visclosky, Peter J. (D-01 IN)      1-202-225-2461 1-202-225-2493
 Sabo, Martin Olav (D-05 MN)        1-202-225-4755 1-202-225-4886
 Hefner, Bill (D-08 NC)             1-202-225-3715 1-202-225-4036
 Skeen, Joseph (R-02 NM)            1-202-225-2365 1-202-225-9599
 Hobson, David L. (R-07 OH)         1-202-225-4324 1-202-225-1984
 Istook, Ernest Jim (R-05 OK)       1-202-225-2132 1-202-226-1463
 McDade, Joseph M. (R-10 PA)        1-202-225-3731 1-202-225-9594
 Bonilla, Henry (R-23 TX)           1-202-225-4511 1-202-225-2237
 Nethercutt, George (R-05 WA)       1-202-225-2006 1-202-225-7181
 Dicks, Norman D. (D-06 WA)         1-202-225-5916 1-202-226-1176

      Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee

 (chair, SAC Defense Subcommittee)        voice       fax
 Sen. Stevens, Ted (R AK)           1-202-224-3004 1-202-224-1044
 (Ranking Minority Member, SAC Defense Subcommittee)
 Sen. Inouye, Daniel (D HI)         1-202-224-3934 1-202-224-6747
 Sen. Cochran, Thad (R MS)          1-202-224-5054 1-202-224-3576
 Sen. Domenici, Pete V. (R NM)      1-202-224-6621 1-202-224-7371
 Sen. McConnell, Mitch (R KY)       1-202-224-2541 1-202-224-2499
 Sen. Specter, Arlen (R PA)         1-202-224-4254 1-202-224-1893
 Sen. Bond, Christopher (R MO)      1-202-224-5721 1-202-224-8149
 Sen. Shelby, Richard C. (R AL)     1-202-224-5744 1-202-224-3416
 Sen. Hollings, Ernest (D SC)       1-202-224-6121 1-202-224-4293
 Sen. Byrd, Robert (D WV)           1-202-224-3954 1-202-224-4025
 Sen. Leahy, Patrick (D VT)         1-202-224-4242 1-202-224-3595
 Sen. Harkin, Thomas (D IA)         1-202-224-3254 1-202-224-7431
 Sen. Lautenberg, Frank (D NJ)      1-202-224-4744 1-202-224-9707
 Sen. Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R TX)  1-202-224-5922 1-202-224-0776
 Sen. Gregg, Judd (R NH)            1-202-224-3324 1-202-224-4952
 Sen. Bumpers, Dale (D AR)          1-202-224-4843 1-202-224-6435
 Sen. Dorgan, Byron (D ND)          1-202-224-2551 1-202-224-1193



                  House National Security Committee

 (Committee chairman)
 Spence, Floyd  (R 2 SC)             1-202-225-2452   1-202-225-2455
 Stump, Robert (R 3 AZ)              1-202-225-4576   1-202-225-6328
 Hunter, Duncan L. (R 52 CA)         1-202-225-5672   1-202-225-0235
 Kasich, John R. (R 12 OH)           1-202-225-5355   na
 Bateman, Herbert H. (R 1 VA)        1-202-225-4261   1-202-225-4382
 Hansen, James V. (R 1 UT)           1-202-225-0453   1-202-225-5857
 Weldon, Curt (R 7 PA)               1-202-225-2011   1-202-225-8137
 Hefley, Joel (R 5 CO)               1-202-225-4422   1-202-225-1942
 Saxton, H. James (R 3 NJ)           1-202-225-4765   1-202-225-0778
 Buyer, Steve (R 5 IN)               1-202-225-5037   1-202-225-2267
 Fowler, Tillie (R 4 FL)             1-202-225-2501   1-202-225-9318
 McHugh, John M. (R 24 NY)           1-202-225-4611   1-202-226-0621
 Talent, James M. (R 2 MO)           1-202-225-2561   1-202-225-2563
 Everett, Terry (R 2 AL)             1-202-225-2901   1-202-225-8913
 Bartlett, Roscoe G. (R 6 MD)        1-202-225-2721   1-202-225-2193
 Lewis, Ron (R 2 KY)                 1-202-225-3501   1-202-226-2019
 Watts, J.C. (R 4 OK)                1-202-225-6165   1-202-225-3512
 Chambliss, Saxby (R 8 GA)           1-202-225-6531   1-202-225-3013
 Riley, Bob (R 3 AL)                 1-202-225-3261   1-202-225-5827
 (Committee ranking minority member)
 Dellums, Ronald V. (D 9 CA)         1-202-225-2661   1-202-225-9817
 Skelton, Ike (D 4 MO)               1-202-225-2876   1-202-225-2695
 Sisisky, Norman (D 4 VA)            1-202-225-6365   1-202-226-1170
 Spratt Jr., John M. (D 5 SC)        1-202-225-5501   1-202-225-0464
 Ortiz, Solomon P. (D 27 TX)         1-202-225-7742   1-202-226-1134
 Pickett, Owen B. (D 2 VA)           1-202-225-4215   1-202-225-4218
 Evans, Lane (D 17 IL)               1-202-225-5905   1-202-225-5396
 Taylor, Gene (D 5 MS)               1-202-225-5772   1-202-225-7074
 Abercrombie, Neil (D 1 HI)          1-202-225-2726   1-202-225-4580
 Meehan, Martin T. (D 5 MA)          1-202-225-3411   1-202-226-0771
 Harman, Jane (D 36 CA)              1-202-225-8220   1-202-226-0684
 McHale, Paul (D 15 PA)              1-202-225-6411   1-202-225-5320
 Kennedy, Patrick (D 1 RI)           1-202-225-4911   1-202-225-3290
 Blagojevich, Rod (D 5 IL)           1-202-225-4061   1-202-225-5603
 Snyder, Vic (D 2 AR)                1-202-225-2506   1-202-225-5903
 Rodriguez, Ciro (D 28 TX)           1-202-225-1640   1-202-225-1641

                 Senate Armed Services Committee

 Thurmond, Strom R SC            1-202-224-5972  1-202-224-1300
 Warner, John W. R VA            1-202-224-2023  1-202-224-6079
 McCain, John R AZ               1-202-224-2235  1-202-228-2862
 Coats, Daniel R. R IN           1-202-224-5623  1-202-228-4137
 Smith, Bob R NH                 1-202-224-2841  1-202-224-1353
 Kempthorne, Dirk R ID           1-202-224-6142  1-202-224-5893
 Inhofe, James R OK              1-202-224-4721  1-202-228-0380
 Santorum, Rick R PA             1-202-224-6324  1-202-228-0604
 Snowe, Olympia R ME             1-202-224-5344  1-202-224-1946
 Roberts, Pat R KS               1-202-224-4774  1-202-224-3514
 Levin, Carl D MI                1-202-224-6221  1-202-224-1388
 Kennedy, Edward M. D MA         1-202-224-4543  1-202-224-2417
 Bingaman, Jeff D NM             1-202-224-5521  1-202-224-2852
 Glenn, John D OH                1-202-224-3353  1-202-224-7983
 Byrd, Robert C. D WV            1-202-224-3954  1-202-228-0002
 Robb, Charles S. D VA           1-202-224-4024  1-202-224-8689
 Lieberman, Joseph I. D CT       1-202-224-4041  1-202-224-9750
 Cleland, Max D GA               1-202-224-3521  1-202-224-0072

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