Fri, Jun 18, 2004
Space Commission Recommends Much Greater Space Role For Private
As Mojave Airport becomes a spaceport and Scaled Composites gets
ready for a shot at the Ansari X-Prize, it's perhaps not surprising
that the government is thinking more and more about getting private
firms involved in the exploration of space.
The President's Commission on Implementation of United States
Space Exploration Policy said this week that the private sector
should take on the "primary role" beyond our atmosphere.
"In NASA decisions, the preferred choice for operational
activities must be completely awarded contracts with private and
non-profit organizations, and NASA's role must be limited to only
those areas where there is irrefutable demonstration that only
government can perform the proposed activity," said the report.
Those areas would include advance aerospace projects and
exploration, according to the commission.
The report comes just days before Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites
prepares to send its own reusable spacecraft 62-miles up in hopes
of collecting the $10 million Ansari X-Prize. The mission received
no government funds. Instead, it's backed by Microsoft investor
Paul Allen. Scaled's SpaceShipOne is scheduled to make its
suborbital attempt on June 21st.
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