2/28/10

A Perfect Time For Budding Aerospace Engineers


As odd as it might sound, I'm excited about NASA's budget cuts. The more the load is taken off the government agency's shoulders, the more it is placed on the private sector's. Already the commercial space industry has arrived, with Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Xcor, to name a few rapidly growing privately owned spacecraft companies. Science and technology are increasing at exponential rates (as always), and people like me are dreaming of manned missions out into the Solar System, dreaming of all the amazing discoveries to be made. NASA has been spinning its wheels with the Space Shuttle and the ISS, not getting anything extremely important done. I'm looking forward to some major rumblings and changes through the aerospace industry. I'm waiting for radical new ideas and designs. I can't wait to join in the fun!

4 comments:

Tater said...

"The more the load is taken off the government agency's shoulders, the more it is placed on the private sector's. "

you really think the private sector is going to take the load? even Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites voiced that the private sector is not ready and will not be for long over 20 years.

DTH Rocket said...

Of course! However, I didn't say that the private sector is going to take over NASA, I was simply stating that the private space industry is emerging faster the more NASA cuts funding and budget. That's true. But the private space industry doesn't have the resources just yet to go, say, to the moon. Or Mars. Not yet.

R2K said...

I think all Americans should tithe 10% of their income to fund science and exploration. It may seem expensive at first, but the results of technology make money in the long run. Consider it an investment.

DTH Rocket said...

I only agree with you if it's voluntary. It's a bad idea for the government to impose more taxes on people just for science. Science is very important, but the government shouldn't be paying for it.

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