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The United States has long been a leader in space, and President Obama remains committed to maintaining America’s competitiveness in the aerospace sector. The National Space Transportation Policy the President signed today will ensure that the United States stays on the cutting edge by maintaining space transportation capabilities that are innovative, reliable, efficient, competitive, and affordable, and that support U.S. interests.
it makes me feel kind of sad in a way. When I see the word 'competitiveness', it sounds as if it's all a game. Anyway, haven't finished reading the policy yet, but thought I'd post it, in case it's of interest to anyone else.
This is a step in the right direction. For me, it shows that the move towards expanding the human presence into space is gaining momentum. Next, there should be a policy set for conducting business in Space. I suspect that the Bitcoin will be currency choice for Space commerce.
What he is saying is that they want commercial companies to run space exploration, so that more funding could be cut from NASA and go to DoD.
reply to post by MissBeck
You must understand that this commitment is all window dressing, a natural, expect procedure, PR stuff to keep the economy afloat. It is a encouragement for the space industry when that industry is biting the dust as we speak, appearing to lose ground by the day if I can use another metaphor. What we can see is that we are in retrograde motion, not forging ahead. The President's words about that treaty is very much like the huff and puff meaningless chatter of the little North Korean dictator. Void of meaning.
The first priority in these times is the ability to do war, and space is the next great battlefield. You don't know that because they tend not to tell you about the Space Force how it is structured, manned using what variety of ships. We are use to hearing that they are building this or that new aircraft carrier, a new sub, or throwing money at dumb things like the F-117A stealth fighter and the B-2 bomber. But we aren't told about the triangles which seem to be the backbone of a space-capable fleet is the real work going on. As far as we lowly citizens know, the ISS is our great achievement and it is wearing out fast.
So since we don't have a shuttle or a replacement in the works we look a bit foolish to the average person. But we can't be allowed the truth that we have far superior craft in common operations going back and forth with ease without the aid of rockets and with a fraction of the inconvenience. You can see from posts here in this thread the disconnect that some see between what Obama said and the apparent reality we are given. He knows something that we can only guess at. True to fact, we seem to be allowing the Chinese, Japanese, India, etc. to seemingly rise to our level of efforts in space. The simple truth is that is not the real case, only what you have been lead to think. So there is that growing disconnect caused by the once highly visible, heart-lifting, public launching of an Apollo rocket or the shuttle as compared to the secret lifting off of quiet fleets of triangles supplying the also secret space platforms. Obama tried to fill that gap with up-lifting words which didn't quite do the job but only left some of you scratching your heads.