Sunday, November 11, 2012

Space, the Private Frontier

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) wrapped up SpaceVision 2012 today in Buffalo.

(How's about Cape Canaveral in 2013?)

The Buffalo News had an article yesterday about the convention, titled "Space, the Private Frontier".

I found this passage the most interesting:

Many of these college students grew up hoping one day to work for NASA.

But with the space shuttle program history and budget cuts on the horizon, the future of the space program would appear bleak – right?

“It’s just the opposite,” said Rick Tumlinson, co-founder of Space Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit space advocacy group. “The end of the shuttle really was emblematic of the end of the old, slow and expensive way of doing things. What we’re about to see is the real opening of the frontier.”

And that means transitioning from a space program heavily funded by the government to one with growing involvement by private industry.

1 comment:

  1. Uhhh.... Tumlinson has been singing this song for over a quarter century now. And I recall when the "growing involvement of private industry" gave us ComSat, back around 1963. Which is also kind of a ways back, but has led us from triumphant accomplishments in communiations satellites to ... well, more communication satellites.

    Not to be cruel and nasty, but private enterprises' race for the heavens just hasn't occurred at the rate space enthusiasts imagine. Should we have an expanding space program based in the reality of a slow, ponderous federally-financed program, or should we spend another half century waiting on libertarian wet dreams?