So as I continue my vacation in Florida, I was reminded this morning that today marks the 15th anniversary of NASA astronauts connecting the first two modules of the International Space Station.
We of course now live in a world where we have to do one of two things – hitch a ride into space with our good buddies the Russians ($50 Million per astronaut) or we have to use private companies to deliver things.
That of course prompted something else in my mind. The speed with which private companies have got themselves up and running and able to deliver packages into space has been phenomenal! We should applaud them and we should wonder just how much further on we might be if we’d allowed this many years ago.
The one thing I know for certain is that we belong in space. There are strategic reasons for us to be there. We know there is a mini shuttle being operated by our military and we have no idea what it does. But now with India, China, Russia and Japan all hotly pursuing space, we would be at very best “stupid” not to be in there looking to push the boundaries.
Does it cost money? Of course! But we have it if only we would spend it wisely. If only we wouldn’t order cargo planes from Italy that when they arrive are sent immediately to the bone yard. How many other projects like that do we have?
So I’m a big fan of private enterprise and we should encourage them and make our existing launch facilities available to them, but we also need to hurry up and catch up before we lose the space race that even JFK knew we could not afford to lose.
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