How NASA’s bureaucracy intends to maintain control over space exploration

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  • This is laughable. NASA seems unaware that their rules only apply to US companies. A company has only to set up shop offshore, as at least one already has, and start launching. If the several designs for SSTSO can be upgraded to SSTO, or fully reusable (I.e. Virgin Galactic’s vehicle) used for orbital insertion, then ISS won’t be the only destination for long. NASA increasingly comes across as a petulant organization watching their monopoly slip away. They’ve done magnificant things, but it’s time for them to step away from the manned space launch business.

  • Joe2

    What is laughable is that the source of the angst over these crew requirements is coming from the supposed ‘private’ space companies that are taking government money to support the development of their hardware.

    Here is your simple solution: If you do not like the government requirements do not take the government money.

    Would have thought that would be simple for supposed Libertarians to understand.

  • Kelly Starks

    Nit: If your a US citizen, US law applies to your company, even if its not a US company, as long as your a citizen.

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