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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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Trying the Tried and True

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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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