I wish SpaceX the best but flooding the commercial sector with our vast accumulation of space exploration knowledge is tantamount to declassifying everything.. Just a big government giveaway or space 'redistribution of knowledge' program. Bye bye American exceptionalism.
If there's ONE thing our government SHOULD control it's space exploration programs, not health care, soda sales in schools, Wall Street or student and home loans. If it's bassackwards, it's 'bama!
Too many white guys made the space program successful. Can't have that in anti-white, multicultural, everybody is smart and a genius, America.
Space cannot remain strictly government. Its like sending Louis and Clark west and keeping everything west of the Mississippi hidden from us.
Unlike many here, I see a role for government in space in the pathfinding, prospecting, and defensive roles but they can’t keep it to themselves. SpaceX is only working a government contract like Boeing or Halliburton but they’ll get beyond the government contracts and benefit us all in the future.
Don’t scrap NASA, just reduce it to oversight of R&D and commercial endeavors.
Rutan/Allen/Scaled did the whole WhiteKnight/SpaceShipOne program for about $25 million.
Bigelow has at least two prototype inflatable habitats in orbit, all on money he made from budget hotel suites.
NASA is too PC and CYA to get things done economically.
Watch the Black Sky documentary:
Short version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKa67ObI7yk
Burt Rutan: Entrepreneurs are the future of space flight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwfSENkvJXY&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL4281277EE98C5A39
but there's a reason for everything Obama does and it's usually not favorable to America.
Usually? Try NEVER.
“If there’s ONE thing our government SHOULD control it’s space exploration programs”
This is what gave us the Space Shuttle, and killed the Saturn V. This was the most monumental colossal failure in the history of human exploration since 15th century China destroyed their sea-going fleet.
Think of all the stuff we could have built with the 100+ shuttle flights if we didn’t bring all the weight of each shuttle back down to earth.
Think of what we could have built in space with 100 Saturn V rockets.
The US government should not be given control of American exploration.
I agree, he’s doing it to hurt America. Its a program that inspires dreams, hard work and education. Not something he wants.
Who would benefit from declassifying the technology to put heavy payload rockets into space? Seems anyone wanting an ICBM would be very interested.