Private investors are beginning to inch into the market created by government investment of our tax dollars. Will this new industry succeed? There will be failures, just as there was during NACA’s long, patient investment in aeronautics. But there will be brilliant successes as well—provided NASA’s most active constituencies start working together to change the narrative.Read More
America's success in agriculture offers a critical economic lesson. In “sciencing” farms, the government sparked unprecedented growth in an essential sector. It should come as no surprise that the government used a comparable model to help create the aerospace economy.Read More
America needs a mission that strains our capabilities, one that’s hard. NASA hard. What in heaven could such a mission be? I’ve been suggesting it throughout this book. It’s the Gravity Well. The next president should enshrine that mission within a vision. It could go something like this...Read More
The good news: current leadership is working on renewing NASA.
The bad news: they’re working without the audacious national mission we need. It’s as if NASA is a boxer training without any fight scheduled.Read More
George W. Bush’s NASA chief, Sean O’Keefe, came into office with some serious problems to solve. The International Space Station had a cost overrun of billions. O’Keefe brought an accounting eye to the agency; in a previous job at the Defense Department, he’d been known as the “Grim Reaper.” Several years after cutting costs at NASA, O’Keefe received another directive from the President: restructure further to prioritize a mission to Mars.Read More