Should NASA be privatized? Or should Space Exploration be tendered to various private space organisations.
Every time a government agency or broadcasting company needs to put a satellite in orbit they turn to NASA. Why?
Is each mission put out to tender to the cheapest bidder? Why does NASA always get the business? I believe, and I’m no expert, that NASA
deliberately undercuts the private sector to ensure no commercialism of Space.
My question is this: Should we be exploiting Space? Should we allow private companies to go into Space and find and exploit the resources found on the
likes of the Moon?
The billions spent on NASA missions each year and what have they got to show for it? We haven’t been back to the Moon, we are still at least 30
years away from a manned mission to Mars, the International Space Station is fast becoming an expensive joke, and we haven’t had anything back from
Space that we can use.
My belief is that NASA should concentrate on the exploration of Space, and turn over all other operations to the private sector Space companies. This,
I believe, would make better use of their budget, and allow us to find new resources. So what if a few make some money out of launching satellites or
mining the Moon or Mars. I think that if the exploration of Mars was left to the private sector, we’d be there by now.
NASA then would not be short of money, and would not cut corners on their missions. Private companies would invest huge sums of money into getting
into Space, as they would see their return in the long run.
What would privatization of NASA, or the exploitation of Space lead to? Would we be looking at conflict in Space between private Space Soldiers hired
by these private Space Companies? Would Governments become involved, how long would it take for these Private Space Companies to become under the
control of their government?
I say let the Space Race begin, take the shackles off lets see how far we can go, and what we will discover.
What do you think?