“Thanks for the comment. And yes, I use tough words. I dont have the luxury of loads of lobbyists and scads of cash to buy votes. I have my words. And they got you to read and perhaps one or two others, and actually, from what I hear from my friends still in NASA and working the issues on all sides in DC and elsewhere, what I say is actually true.
I call it as I see it. I also work in the field and get my hands "dirty" on space projects. (view the video "orphans of Apollo" for when I helped lead a team that leased the Mir space station.)
And, seemingly odd for this place, I use my own name when I write.”
“Lol......blowhard eh? Well, vacuum sucks, time for some fresh air. Definitely not a money bags, and yes, I have organized a few things in my time. And no, I am not a designer, but have been privileged to work with many. We spent over a million on our electrodynamic tether, it probably would have worked, but the State Dept,. stopped us until the Mir was ordered down... Lunar Prospector did work, I didnt design it but helped get it into flight...then there is my firm Orbital Outfitters space suit, the world's first commercial suit, among other projects...
But you see, this isnt about hardware. It is about making things happen. Like it or not. One must walk the walk (or spacewalk in this case.) Try it sometime.”
“Good story! Although there are other states involved in the Space Frontier movement, and there were several events and a lot of work leading up to the NewSpace revolution now underway. We need reporters like you out there to help counter the establishment propaganda being pumped out to keep the status quo going...(in circles).
I will add that my firm Orbital Outfitters here in North Hollywood (producer of the world's first commercial space suit in 2007) is also out here. We are pretty low key, although we have done some NASA work and have a customer XCOR Aerospace in Mojave where you will find also Masten Space Systems who are both rising stars. In Texas you have a chunk of land the size of Rhode Island where Bezos is flying and Armadillo Aerospace in Dallas is doing amazing work too... Not to go a little further east where Virginia is developing a commercial spaceport (full disclosure - I am working to help them - given the absence of anything like it in my home state of Texas...)
Feel free to check out my posts here...lol...y job is a bit different than yours...you report - I battle...
Again good job and keep watching - some great things are on the way from the NewSpace cowboys(and girls)!
“I know many of the folks working on this and they are sincere, so keep the faith - we need the support. This isn't at all about killing human space activities - it is about expanding them and doing so in a way that not only is cheaper, but will eventually generate new wealth.”
“Get with the times my friend, this is a transitional moment from so called exploration to the development of human communities in space. The "investment" is now going to be spread to private companies and investors. And we all will win. BTW - who do you think created and builds these NewSpace rocketships? Americans. If we win it will mean a whole new industry that we truly lead - and that means jobs.”
“I too have been surprised by some of the reactions of people who should know better. Tyson and the astronomical community stand to win big - as costs to orbit drop due to competition they will get to fly more observatories. He's a great guy, and I hope he gets tuned in soon. It would suck for him and these others to be on the wrong side of history.”
“Good point, but he is still a hero to me and the others of us in New Space (the Frontier movement). But then again, even heroes can be wrong. Buzz on the other hand has stayed in the game and "gets it" in this new approach.”
“Mr. Tumlinson you compare NASA's constellation program to private enterprise who supposedly can do the job cheaper, right? Are their ships capable of the same feats? Are we comparing apples to apples, sir?
I also love the way you so arrogantly called the space states old, Are you suggesting that we are fixed in our ways? Or, is it because of your own biases towards the southern states where NASA is mainly focused. I find your statement belittling, offensive and ignorant. So, I ask you sir, are you in favor of closing the current NASA facilities in order to move them towards a bluer state?
Now, getting down to brass tax, this is how we git-r-done.
1. Keep flying the Shuttle until a plausible and reliable alternative is built (NASA designed, contractor built; it works don't fix it just yet) meanwhile private sector can on their own, develop LEO vehicles. all this by 2016
2. Start flying the new vehicle back to the moon. completed 2016
3. collect more data from the moon and setup temporary bases 2016-2020
4. set up permanent moon base:2020 (allow the private sector to develop the moon base and reap the benefits, however in coop with NASA)
5. Continue to build moon base and asteroid defense 2020 and on
6. develop vehicle in cooperation with other countries, private sector, etc. to launch to Mars date 2020-2029.
7. Est. temp Mars base 2029
8. permanent base 2036”
“Too bad you really don't get it. But I understand your views based on popular perceptions.
Most people starting new companies at the small level needing angel investors actually do have a dream. Yes, some may want to grow their firms and sell out, but I know in the field of space entrepreneurs share a dream of a new frontier in space. Stay tuned, you will be hearing a lot more about us.”
Nosybear on Apr 5, 2010 at 22:46:09
“I have a friend in this camp. The guy can make body armor lighter by nearly an order of magnitude than is currently available today. Where are his angels?”
“Reality is relative. Mine is that I believe in our ability to make changes. I do not underestimate my foes. Read my bio. For almost a year we ran the Mir space station and were "nuked" by government interests. We fight on.”
“I think we are, and frankly, most of the technology you used to make and transmit your comments helps proves it.”
ErnestineBass on Apr 6, 2010 at 00:12:52
“Ooooooh yeah...I'm lovin' my dialup service.
I have to love it...it's the only service available in my area that doesn't cost $100+ a month.
Tonight it's running at 38.6 Kbps...SMOOOOOOOOOOKIN!”
wethepeople3884 on Apr 5, 2010 at 23:31:16
“This country doesn't really make anything any more. We have fallen off the map when it comes to leading the charge towards alternative energy resource production and implementation. How many other developed countries in this world are still having large-scale public arguments on whether or not climate change is actually true. I would imagine the majority of most countries no longer consider such a debate a productive use of their time. Furthermore, how many countries still have to debate some on the merits of the theory of evolution? How many countries elect politicians that don't believe in evolution? A theory that in over a century has not been refuted by any significant scientific research data. How many developed countries in this world still think putting an emphasis on abstinence is the future to combatting AIDS and teen pregnancy? If anything, this country has went backwards in the last few decades on some of these ideas above - so excuse me if I remain skeptical on the day that we are paving the future for this world. If anything, we are being dragged into the future by others who are tired of our popular ignorance.”