October 10, 2010 | 1 Comment
I am weary of our Congress and the NASA Administrator essentially apologizing for our space outlays.
Space technology has, since Sputnik, transformed our globe and its society, vastly improving many of our most important industries.
Television, telephone, Internet, GPS, knowledge of the universe in which we live, most particularly our small blue planet are examples.
John Kennedy‘s commitment to the Apollo program and its subsequent success began the collapse of the Soviet empire.
Space technology has just begun helping mankind. We should insist that resources are made available for it to achieve its potential good. Most particularly, clean energy supply and global peace. We need a new commitment similar to that of 1961! Its 50th Anniversary would be timely.
Here are my recommendations, with assistance from Ted Talay and Gordon Woodcock. I deem it complete. I have no idea yet what it will “cost”, but whatever that is and however it is allocated, the benefits to everyone will be far greater. If we resolve to do these things, we will re-vitalize our youth!
Now, whomever else wishes to sign it with me is most welcome.
What is its audience? Whomever will listen, preferably those leaders who allocate national treasure, private, public and international.
This needs to occur, please help by aiding in preparation of a listing of important contacts and suggesting the best means of communication.
This is not, however, the more focused “Dirty Dozen” report. on SBSP Phil is drafting that for us and Ted has completed Appendix 1, describing the needed sequence of space launch system development. We still need to estimate its costs and refine its schedule.
We have a number of important decisions to make very soon, beginning with our time-phased goals (See the MDS, attached), including but not limited to a full description of our new “Reference System” and projecting its resultant “levelized” cost of power.