Saving the space program is important to me, and to many of you.
Launching people and spacecraft from our soil to Earth orbit is important to United States’ leadership around the world and to our national security. A thriving, bustling spaceport is critical to a healthy, growing economy in Brevard County and across Central Florida. Venturing farther into our solar system is fundamental to expanding human knowledge.
The importance of the transition demands more attention, so the focus of this column throughout this new year will narrow to one topic: saving the space program.
Kelly posits "three main threats to the space program successfully navigating this post-shuttle period of transformation."
- A clear, simple mission.
- Less waste.
- Lose the “not invented here” mentality.
Kelly closes with an invitation for you to participate in his answering this question:
I’m sure you have ideas about those, and others. I want to hear your ideas, too. I aim to utilize the column to shine the light on wasteful spending, off-mission projects, opportunities for collaboration and anything else you think is important to saving the space program.
Kelly's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.