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Call to Privatize Low Earth Orbit

Posted by: traveler - Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:57 am
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Post Call to Privatize Low Earth Orbit   Posted on: Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:57 am
"President George W. Bush will outline a new US space initiative aiming to send manned missions to the moon -- and eventually beyond," Agence France-Presse reports. ... 0114164304

"The spirit is going to be one of continued exploration and seeking new horizons and investing in a program that meets that objective," Bush said in a preview to his much-awaited speech at NASA's Washington headquarters.

In a statement, Cato Adjunct Scholar Ed Hudgins writes that while the president's idea might steer NASA in the right direction, the agency must make some major changes to avoid more failures:

"If Bush's plan is not to result in yet another costly bureaucratic failure, it must cut NASA's mission back, limiting it to exploring the moon and planets," writes Hudgins, editor of Space: The Free-Market Frontier. "This will mean scrapping the shuttle or turning it over to a private company, pulling out of and possibly privatizing the space station, and allowing the private sector to take over space transportation in low-Earth orbit." ... =&adv=&pg=

If NASA is to regain its purpose, it must focus on exploration, but leave LEO to private companies whose primary goal will be to reduce both cost and risk.

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