December 29, 2007
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Dec 30 11:22:27 2007 (+rSRq)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Dec 30 11:24:51 2007 (73lWn)
Rocketgirls on cots? I prefer a nice soft bed, but if they want cots...
It's a terrible world when 17-year olds have to worry about exploding cots.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sun Dec 30 11:39:45 2007 (Hrqgp)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Dec 30 19:35:38 2007 (+rSRq)
I understand and sympathize (and would be willing to have my taxes raised if they'd contribute some of their time to my cot...) but if we're ever going to make it to the stars -- for good -- then it will be via the private sector. I don't deny the gubmint has a role (cf. the myth of "Isabella pawning her jewels for Columbus"), but that's not how to bet. (and yes, I have given cash to private launch companies, so I'm not just some 'chicken-phoenix.').
Now: about having those two over for a night... or two....
Posted by: Clayton Barnett at Sun Dec 30 20:51:10 2007 (A0t6U)
The COTS program is ...er was an excellent way to help space start-ups. I agree that is space is to have any meaning at all it has to be primarily a private sector endeavor. However, there is a chicken/egg problem as well as dificulty attracting investment from Wall Street types.
COTS allowed start-ups to compete directly with the big boys and often win. A COTS award would give a company the cache' of being aNASA contractor (thereby conveing a sense of'legitimacy' in the eys of investors) without actually mucking the works up the way the cost-plus system does. Also, big part of the COTS program (initially) was the idea that NASA would contract out ISS supply to private companies...there was even talk by Griffin of using the program to set up privately run propellant depots!
This, of course terrified the congresscritters as it bypassed the normal district oriented pork flow. How could you assure the sugar daddies in your distrect that the fix is in for them if some small start up company with no K street connections in Pago Pago (whose congrescritter can't even vote) can develop a new phased isolinear intertial dampening graviton remodulation McGuffinator...and win a contract without so much as a bribe?
Oh...dear..this is, er...horrible.
Hence the programes near demise under the new congress.
And my pique.
Now: Your unhealthy interest in cartoon 17 year olds has been noted....you bad bad man.
Posted by: Brickmuppet at Sun Dec 30 22:29:54 2007 (V5zw/)
"Hi, I'm Chris Hansen. Why don't you have a seat right over there?"
Steven, you meet the most interesting people down in the gutter.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sun Dec 30 23:47:11 2007 (gwUM9)
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