Opinion

D-Day for NewSpace

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NASA’s new Commercial Crew Program is under attack by pork-hungry legislators, and William Watson urges all Americans interested in space settlement to take immediate action. Contrary to the White House’s request, the NASA Authorization Bill proposes cutting commercial space by $2.1 billion. Senator Warner’s amendment will restore this key funding, but he needs YOUR help to gain support from other Senators.

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Real Socialism in America

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There is a change being proposed by the Obama administration that deals with a government program where full control of the means of production is already in government hands. That’s right. In at least one instance, Barack Obama wants to put America on the road to capitalism. The program in question is called Constellation.

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The Constellation Hallucination

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The Constellation hallucination is almost over, and the flight of the Falcon 9 is the first wake-up call for those lost in its magic Kool-Aid trance. The thunderous roar and blazing light of the SpaceX rocket completely belied the promises of doom foretold by the cult of cost-plus and the priesthood of the PowerPoint pioneer.

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Congratulations to SpaceX for a Successful Launch!

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The Space Frontier Foundation congratulated SpaceX of Hawthorne, California for a successful first flight of their Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The Foundation sees the success of the flight as proving the viability of commercial “NewSpace” firms and their ability to take over transportation from Earth to low Earth orbit – as called for in NASA’s new space policy.

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Obama Champions Private Enterprise in Space over Bipartisan Support for Socialist NASA Program

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Last Thursday I shared my thoughts in two short (<5 min) RussiaToday interviews on on President Obama’s big speech about NASA and his long-overdue cancellation of NASA’s white elephant known as “Ares I” rocket. (See Jeff Foust’s analysis here and here.) I was sorry to see the Administration decide to preserve the Orion capsule as a lifeboat…

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The Fine Art of Angel Shooting

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As Published in the Huffington Post 04/05/10 Do check out my blog there and tell your friends! Let’s make NewSpace known! The Fine Art of Angel Shooting Rick Tumlinson President Obama bet his legacy on the American people’s ability to innovate and create so the US remains the most vital and creative nation in the…

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A Remarkable Experience in DC

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I had a remarkable experience in DC last week. I went down to join Ed Wright, six of the seven Pathfinder teachers and a couple of other Advocates to brief some key Congressional and Senate offices.  Aside from expressing our enthusiasm for the proposed NASA budget and the need to fix the ITAR mess, our…

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Change is Coming to NASA Space Launch

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Change is coming to the US space program. At last! Real, dramatic and tangible change in both its effect and the course it will create in this nation’s future in space. It is long past time for us to try something different, as what we have been doing in our human space program since Apollo has been a failure of epic proportions.

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