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…
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…
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.
This comes from an email exchange between members of a google discussion group called the Space Renaissance Initiative over the old story of industry and greed vs. native culture and respect for living systems portrayed in “Avatar”.
The Space Frontier Foundation today praised the White House’s decision to cancel NASA’s failed Ares rocket programs and instead invest in private enterprise systems “inspirational” and “a giant leap in the right direction.”
If we can nurture a robust private sector human spaceflight industry, NASA saves taxpayers money and can focus on exploring—not driving space “trucks.” This will open space to anyone who can pay, bring market forces to bear on launch costs and eventually we’ll all get to go.
The case against Ares I is overwhelming. It is overpriced, unnecessary, competes directly with private spaceflight providers and will take so long to develop that it has already created a several years long “gap” in US crewed access to space. The commercial alternatives are based on well-tested, mature systems currently used to launch U.S. military, scientific, and commercial satellites. Adapting these rockets to carry people is cheaper, faster and better.
The Space Frontier Foundation’s year-long mission to Capitol Hill is about to begin. Get in on the beginning by registering [for free] to attend “First Flight” the week of Sunday, February 7.
Ike’s warnings about the “military-industrial complex” did more to check the growth of the national security state than all past or future peace marches combined. But only recently has Eisenhower’s greatest achievement become clear: ensuring the right to peaceful uses of outer space.
Jim & Berin call on space-faring nations to create an Orbital Debris Removal and Recycling Fund (ODRRF) to offer bounties to entrepreneurs for removing space junk.