NASA’s ‘Emerging Space Report’ is a Victory for NewSpace!

NASA’s ‘Emerging Space Report’ is a Victory for NewSpace!

October 26, 2014 Blog, Press Releases

NASA’s ‘Emerging Space Report’ is a
Victory for NewSpace!

Space Frontier Foundation Applauds NASA for
Pro-Commercial & Pro-Settlement Language

 

Washington, DC – NASA’s Emerging Space Office (ESO) recently released a report titled “The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century American Spaceflight” which demonstrates that NASA’s goals and ambitions are aligning themselves with the ideals of the Space Frontier Foundation.  Ideals like propagating commercial space companies, space access available to the public, and even long term space settlement are all core to this report.

ESO Report CoverIn the first page of the report, it is stated that “… the United States is transitioning from a spacefaring nation to a nation of spacefarers.” This means that instead of limiting space to highly trained specialists, NASA believes space should be democratized and opened to everyone.

Page 24 of the report grows this vision even further, stating “The great interest in the space experience and the emergence of private spaceflight capabilities suggest that someday the United States may have more than one astronaut corps, perhaps from the private sector as well as in the government.” These views, stated a different way, have been a part of the Space Frontier Foundations credo for decades, which states “The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.”

“It is really great to see NASA embrace these core philosophical viewpoints,” said James Pura, President and Director of the Space Frontier Foundation.  “By embracing these views, NASA is helping to turn space into a place of opportunity for every person.  Space development and space settlement change the equation for space; it’s not about how space touches an individual’s life, but rather how an individual chooses to touch space.”

The report concludes with the profound statement— “NASA is proud to recognize that American spaceflight—after sparking, nurturing, and carrying its flame for over half a century—is not just about us anymore. This economic and cultural transition in the American space industry and in American spaceflight culture is an exciting one and it will further NASA’s mission of advancing exploration and discovery. Our continued national leadership in spaceflight relies on the ability to adapt our habits and strategies for success when needed.”

Seeing NASA embrace these views, as well as the future implication of these views, bodes well for the future of spaceflight.  The explicit statement of these goals in this report is a major victory for not just the commercial space industry, but the entire United States and the rest of the world, because it means that space can fulfill its promise – that space is a place, not a program—it is a place that offers the resources necessary to ensure the survival and prosperity of our species for numerous generations to come.

Click Here to Read The Entire Report:

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Emerging_Space_Report.pdf

Click Here to Visit NASA’s Emerging Space Office Website:

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/emerging_space/#.VElIsPnF8nV