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.