Key Points Made by Obama

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-15 Print this article Print

Here are the key points from Obama's address:

--NASA's budget is to be increased by $6 billion over five years.

--About 2,500 additional jobs will be created in Florida's Kennedy Space Center area by 2012 for the new projects.

--Major work on building a new heavy-lift rocket will be accelerated, with a commitment to decide in 2015 on the specific heavy-lift rocket that could take U.S. astronauts deeper into space.

--The United States will launch a succession of precursor robotic exploration missions to scout out locations for future human missions.

--The Constellation program will be restructured and NASA will develop the Orion crew capsule to provide stand-by emergency escape capabilities for the space station; in the process, this will reduce U.S. reliance on foreign service and hardware providers.

--NASA will establish a technological foundation for future crew spacecraft needed for missions beyond low Earth orbit.

--The United States will increase the number of astronaut days in space by 3,500 in the coming decade.

--The United States will extend the life of the International Space Station, possibly beyond 2020.

--Obama said he expects a new commercial space transportation industry to provide safe and efficient crew and cargo transportation to the Space Station, projected to create more than 10,000 jobs across the United States over the next five years.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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