Important Survey About the US Civil Space Program NASA, NOAA, FAA and Commerical

 

Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program

 

A Joint Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Study

Please provide input by January 30, 2009!

The committee invites you share your views with the study committee by responding to the questionnaire below. Questions that you might consider when framing your input to the committee:

  • What should be the rationale and goals for the civil space program? 
  • How can the civil space program address key national issues?   For the purposes of this study, the U.S. civil space program encompasses activities from NASA, NOAA, FAA, and the commercial space sector.
  • PLEASE LIMIT YOUR INPUT TO 600 WORDS.

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    2 Responses to Important Survey About the US Civil Space Program NASA, NOAA, FAA and Commerical

    1. Econo-Girl says:

      The rationale and the goals for the civil space program should be towards creating things that are useful to the people who are paying for it.

      Solar power would be one key national issue.

    2. Arthur Smith says:

      Here are the comments I submitted:

      To some degree “civil space program” makes no more sense than “civil land program”, “civil air program”, or “civil ocean program”, and there is no overarching rationale for its long-term existence as something distinct and separate from the nation’s general economic and other activities. Much of “civil space” – communications and remote-sensing activities in the main – is already largely integrated with the general economy and rarely considered by the general public as something markedly separate. That said, there will always be some sort of boundary between “near space” and “deep space” where normal economic activity fades off and only rare and extraordinary government-sponsored activity makes any sense. The goal of the commercial space sector should of course be to make money in a normal economic fashion within that “near space” arena. The goals of government civil space agencies should be (1) to clearly identify “deep space” projects worthy of funding and to pursue them, (2) to identify and fund technology areas that will help expand the boundaries of “near space”, and help broaden national and international normal economic activities within the near space arena, and (3) to, at a reasonable level, identify and fund worthy “infrastructure” projects within the economic “near space” arena that help to facilitate economic and other activities, whether in space or on Earth. It might make most sense to split these 3 distinct goals among three separate departments or agencies.

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