I noticed you didn’t even bother actually answering any of the points I raised such as Space X wouldn’t be where they are now without NASA. Instead you just went off on some tedious political rant. Trying to use the SLS program as a stick to beat NASA with shows both a lack of understanding of how NASA works and the fact SLS is more of a case of something imposed on NASA than of NASA. It’s also absolutely politically disingenuous to use it as a stick to beat NASA with in these circumstances and it’s certainly no excuse for trying to completely reorganise NASA because of it.
As an aside it’s no secret that one program alone from someone like the NRO is probably greater than the total annual budget of NASA. As an example the total cost of each KH-11 satellite in the last generation was equivalent in cost of that of an aircraft carrier. And that doesn’t include the launch cost just the build cost.
Yes I did. Spacex exists as a COTS project which was politically imposed on NASA. SLS exists as NASA pork which wouldn't be viable without the NASA lobbying presence in various states and congressional districts. Today, I suspect NASA would kill all COTS projects if they could. The political appointees at the head currently stand in the way. Within congress, COTS has marginally even support (and I suspect less without administration backing).
The reason to abolish NASA stands on their past record of around 40 years. All good things come to an end. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for bad and NASA persists on that side.
I find your cost estimate for KH-11 to be suspect. Please provide a reliable reference.
If you like NASA so much and are not on the tab to pick up their bills, you can send your personal checks directly to them. I doubt they will have trouble cashing them.
Do you just post everything that is the opposite of reality? Especially as you don’t seem to have an idea what the current NASA Administrator is doing, to say they would happily get rid of all COTS projects is just pure rubbish. You also seem incapable of telling that what certain politicians want is not necessarily what NASA wants, and also you seem to think they are one and the same which they aren’t.
And don’t try and argue with me over the cost of a project like the KH-11 when you clearly don’t have appear to have the first clue of what such projects cost.
According to Senator Kit Bond initial budget estimates for each of the two legacy KH-11 satellites ordered from Lockheed in 2005 were higher than for the latest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier (CVN-77) with its projected procurement cost of US$6.35 billion as of May 2005. In 2011, after the launch of USA-224, DNRO Bruce Carlson announced that the procurement cost for the satellite had been US$2 billion under the initial budget estimate, which would put it at about US$4.4 billion (inflation adjusted US$4.61 billion in 2017).
In April 2014, the NRO assigned a "(...) worth more than $5 billion (...)" to the final two legacy KH-11 satellites.
The KH-11 KENNEN, renamed CRYSTAL in 1982 and according to leaked NRO budget documentation currently going by the codename of Evolved Enhanced CRYSTAL (EEC) (but also referenced by the codenames 1010, and "Key Hole"), is a type of reconnaissance satellite first launched by the American National...