The new space race


“The development of new rockets has always been difficult,” says Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy administrator under President Obama from 2008 until 2013. She’s now general manager of the Air Line Pilots Association. “It’s yet to be seen how it will work for commercial companies. We use ‘rocket science’ as an example of the hardest thing for a reason: it is hard.”

While I wish NASA had enough of a budget to do the ISS launches on their own, I think it’s a good thing that there’s a solid commercial competition going on to achieve the same goals.1

  1. And I’m still secretly hoping that the winner is going to be completely out of left field, just some guy who built a friggin’ space elevator in his backyard. 

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