Commentary

We Are Here to Build a NewSpace Industry

by rick tumlinson

As I watch the U.S. election process unfold, it is sad to see the amazing revolution that is the birth of a new U.S. commercial space industry ignored or, worse, trivialized and undercut by those who should be its champions.

The iconic example of this occurred months ago, when the congressman in charge of approving NASA’s budget said (paraphrasing), “We are not here to build a spaceflight industry. We are here to get NASA a launch system ASAP” — as tens of millions of dollars were cut from programs to invest in commercial space, and millions were allowed to be wasted on the Senate Launch System and other dead-end state-run space transportation programs.

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