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Space Policy

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The Presidential candidates have not spoken publicly about their policies regarding Outer Space during the campaign. The AIA (Aerospace Indusries Association) has questions to and answers from John Kerry and George W. Bush on seven key issues titled 2004 Presidential Election Issues. The Kerry/Edwards campaign also now has a brief posted space policy statement that highlights the following five points:

A review of the data indicates that both candidates agree on all of the issues except one, the Bush plan to return to the Moon and send people to Mars. However, Bush has not spoken of this since January when he announced the plan during the State of the Union. A meeting was recently held with many interested aerospace company representatives. The projected cost of the projects are continuing to spiral to as much as $100 billion. New jobs for engineers and professional aerospace workers as well as assemblers are incentives to proceed with the idea. However, the International Space Station project should be completed first. The cooperation from other countries could make the project feasible in this century.

The AIA Press Release "Campaign Officials Stress Importance of Aerospace Industries" identifies aerospace issues and the candidates recognition of the significance of the aerospace industry.

Another issue in space policy is whether the U.S. should develop Solar Power Satellites as part of its Energy policy.


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This page was last modified 02:18, 24 June 2006 by Chad Lupkes. Based on work by Arthur Smith and Andrew Oh-Willeke and dKosopedia user(s) OC Dem4Kerry. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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