Currently the Reduced Gravity program, conducted at Ellington Field through NASA Johnson Space Center, is required to contract with a commercial company to provide a reduced gravity platform (airplane and crew) for conducting training and research. In short, NASA has to pay a commercial company to fly their experiments and people. The average cost the private company, Zero-g Corp., charges is many times greater than what NASA would spend if they were legally able to use our own aircraft and pilots to fly these missions. NASA has the ability and assets to immediately make this change and start saving tax payers thousands of dollars daily. Sometimes letting a commercial company get the business is ok, but that should only be the case when the commercial company can do the same service for a 'comparable' cost. In this case the cost isn't even close to comparable.
Idea No. 16905