Private Contractors in Space
NASA proposes out sourcing ISS resupply flights . I have been afraid of allowing the private sector to get too far into space, but I wonder if it is not only inevitable, but maybe even desirable. The prospect of unloading "menial" work like ISS resupply missions onto the private sector may free up government funds for the big missions like going back to the moon or getting to Mars. Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society, has pushed for the involvement of private companies for years, but in the role of innovators. Like the X-prize, he champions the idea of putting up public money for private companies to compete for. The idea is that it will foster innovation. I like the idea of Boeing and Lockheed/Martin being pushed by small aerospace firms. Perhaps this is what the space program needs to get it's collective butt in gear?