Opinion

Trying the Tried and True

Opinion, Our Policy Voice | 4 Comments

I’ve been thinking about Rick’s post here on how “the agency which is supposed to be challenging the edge is taking so much heat for trying something new” and I’m wondering if we aren’t helping our opponents by accepting that there is anything “new” involved in the proposed NASA budget. Think about it.  The “untried”…

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The Battle for a New Space Age Begins

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Isn’t it ironic that the agency which is supposed to be challenging the edge is taking so much heat for trying something new? I find myself teetering between laughter,  slipping into a Lewis Black moment and fear that this tiny step towards a pro-frontier space policy will be slaughtered the same way so many good…

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Dreams and Nightmares

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The proposed budget from the Obama administration is the most exciting and promising thing to happen to NASA in several generations.  If adopted by Congress it will represent the reversal of a policy that has kept humans locked in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) since December 19th, 1972.  The plan to enable, rather than compete against,…

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They Are Not All Shills

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Over the last week or so a number of people, including me, have pointed out that much of the dissembling about the proposed NASA budget is being done by people with a financial and/or political interest in maintaining the status quo.  It has been particularity disturbing how often those representing vested interests fail to disclose…

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The News Today

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Much of the mainstream response to Constellation’s cancellation and replacement by more effective spending reads like everything was going honky dory with Constellation in the first place. The reality is that this porker is already many years behind schedule and well along the path to failure. Rescuing Constellation would require dramatically increasing NASA’s budget and…

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Space Frontier Foundation Applauds NASA's Bold New Direction

Opinion, Our Policy Voice, Press Releases | 16 Comments

The Space Frontier Foundation called on Congress to back the courageous leadership of President Obama and NASA Administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden as they rescue the US space program from certain failure in its ill-conceived effort to return to the Moon. The Administration is charting a new course based on common sense and a more normal relationship between the government and private sectors that will not only save billions of dollars but will help the US establish a NewSpace industry and eventually human settlements on the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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