Bridenstine at the 2017 Commercial Space Transportation Conference

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.