Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is the future gone? Maybe not.

President Obama may very well destroy the maned space program of the United States government. This makes me very sad, but the bastard may have made a mistake.

President Obama's renewed focus on creating jobs, which he plans to lay out in his State of the Union address Wednesday night, apparently doesn't include reaching for the moon.

Obama is reportedly going to flatline NASA's budget when he releases his annual spending plan on Monday, effectively grounding the agency's Constellation program, which oversees human spaceflight.

The program needs about $3 billion in additional funding annually for the next five years to keep the International Space Station supplied and to create a new generation of spacecraft, according to a commission the president appointed last year.

Instead NASA will outsource space flight to other governments -- such as the Russians -- and private companies.

Private companies? Their may be hope for our future after all.

Depending on who gets the contracts. Private space flight has always given me a little hope. So maybe this won't be as much as a disaster as I fear it may be.


bluesun said...

I am reminded of a t-shirt I saw...somewhere on the internet. It said: "I made it to 2010 and all I got was the lousy dystopian government."

As long as people are allowed to spend money on their "pipe dreams" there is hope.

DirtCrashr said...

The problem is that NASA has never had any economic incentive. It's a government agency with a budget, that means it depends on other people's money for its own survival and has no plan to make some money of its own. It's a monopoly with no motivation, break it up, privatize the parts and let's get going into SPACE!
(surfed in thru Borepatch)

RobertM said...

Agreed. I am a huge supporter of advances in private space flight. I think VirginAtlantic's plans for space tourism are great and I hope they don't get screwed by the FAA.

I think the best way to get a successful new shuttle/spacecraft design off the ground would be to tell the various aeronautics corporations that the first to get one that meets a given set of specifications into orbit will get to handle US space flight for, say, a decade or two. Competition will bring out the best.