Rand Simberg writes about the impact on big aerospace and NASA by SpaceX‘s recent successful launch of the geostationary telecommunications satellite SES-8: The Dinosaurs Of The Launch Industry – Transterrestrial Musings.
BTW: Rand’s new book on spaceflight risk is now available at Amazon: Safe Is Not an Option ”Overcoming the futile obsession with getting everyone back alive that is now killing our expansion into space“.
More space policy links:
- Space Policy Events for the Week of December 9-13, 2013
- The new space race: It’s not just the U.S. and Russia anymore: There are now many space programs, both national and private. And that’s good for science - Louis Freedman/LA Times
- You must watch the US Congress’ hearing on alien life—it’s so good – gizmodo
- The House astrobiology hearing: remarkable or mostly harmless? – Space Politics
- Legislator presents spaceport idea to Black Belt committee – The Selma Times‑Journal
- The ASRG Cancellation in Context – Future Planetary Exploration
- NASA Wants Role In Europe’s Astrophysics Missions – Aviation Week
The forces that keep federal money flowing to the sugar industry are very similar to those that keep $3B per year going to the SLS/Orion boondoggle : Sugar protections prove easy to swallow for lawmakers on both sides of aisle – The Washington Post.