Here We Go Again. The Space Policy Wheel Turns. What Was, Is

By Keith Cowing
Posted December 12, 2012 6:02 PM

Dennis WIngo: I am reading with wry interest the plethora of articles regarding the need for a new space policy. In doing some house cleaning this past weekend I stumbled upon an information packet put out by the National Space Society in the summer of 1988.

The first page I pulled out was an Op Ed by the Los Angles Times dated August 16, 1988, and the title was; Needed: a Space Policy… I have the overwhelming thought that these discussions are akin to being like a rat on a wheel, no matter how fast it runs, it never gets anywhere. From the Op Ed…

“A series of recent reports from the congressional Office of Technology Assessment put the choices starkly: Any major new undertaking beyond the space station, whose fate also remains to be settled, would require the development of a costly new generation of rockets that could loft large amounts of weight into orbit. Sending people to Mars of deploying a major military system (like the Strategic Defense Initiative, or “Star Wars”) could not be accomplished with existing launch power…The key question now, which will determine most other space program decisions into the next century, is what kind of rockets NASA should be ordering”

Fast forward to 2012 and the National Research Council’s Committee on NASA’s Strategic Direction. Similar language is used almost a quarter of a century later;

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