Author Topic: "commercial space incentive act" - your feelings about this idea  (Read 1972 times)

Offline Archibald

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http://www.nss.org/settlement/L5news/1986-spacepolicy.htm#commercial

The commercial space incentive act was proposed 20 years ago.

I need feedback on this intriguing idea.

- what's wrong with it ?
 Is it a pipe dream ? or a valid idea ?
- Is it obsolete as of today ?
- How difficult to turn it into a law ?

Thank you in advance !



... that ackward moment when you realize that Jeff Bezos personal fortune is far above NASA annual budget... 115 billion to 18 billion...

Offline Blackstar

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You would probably get a better response in another section of the board.  It's not really a history topic, more of a current policy issue.  In fact, it's not the kind of thing that NSF readers are going to know or care much about.  There may be a better forum for discussing it.

I'm not commenting on the subject itself, just saying that if you want to get feedback, this is probably not the best forum for that.

Offline Analyst

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Please check out this:

www.spacepolitics.com

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Offline DerekL

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You would probably get a better response in another section of the board.  It's not really a history topic, more of a current policy issue.  In fact, it's not the kind of thing that NSF readers are going to know or care much about.  There may be a better forum for discussing it.

It is historic, being from 1986, so some parts are worth discussing here.  (If nothing else for illuminating the situation today.)

I'll take a stab at it later.

But, as you point out, the real problem is lack of knowledge and interest.  Sexy engines are far more important after all than all that boring ol' backroom beancounter stuff.

Offline JohnFornaro

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I think it's a current policy issue, but at the same time, it's a "mission that never was" .  All the sexy engines and cool artwork serve to feed the dream of space for all us enthusiasts.  Part of the problem is a lack of imagination, and an unwillingness to admit that a generalist has as much to say as a specialist.  Part of the generalization is that the nozzle heads have to take a look around and get a feel for the rest of what's happening in the country and world, and to consider how space exploration could actually guide what's happening outside the nozzle.
Sometimes I just flat out don't get it.

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