Representative Jim Bridenstine posted the full video of his talk at the Commercial Space Transportation Conference, and it’s absolutely worth your time to give it a listen.
He speaks passionately and intelligently about spaceflight, exploration, technology, and policy, and shows a true understanding of the issues at hand. You don’t often see a member of Congress speak about these topics with such confidence and fire.
The first question afterwards was about the current DARPA-SSL-Orbital ATK situation—even though it wasn’t brought up during his remarks—and he dives straight into it with a thorough and thoughtful reply.
Appointing Bridenstine as Administrator of NASA is a double-edged sword. We would lose a strong voice for space in Congress, but we’d get someone with some fire in their opinions.