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10 years is either a very long time, or just barely enough

4 Mar 2011, 15:52 UTC
10 years is either a very long time, or just barely enough
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Ten Years. According to NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun, that’s how long it will take to replace the shuttle after its retirement later this year. Ten years between now and...

Ten Years.
According to NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun, that’s how long it will take to replace the shuttle after its retirement later this year. Ten years between now and the next time an American astronaut rides into space on a NASA machine.
To some, this gap is an indictment of our own shortsightedness and the death knell of human spaceflight. To others, it is a national regression and an abandonment of our spacefaring legacy.
In reality it is none of these things. This next decade is an opportunity to define an entirely new epoch in human spaceflight; an opportunity to fundamentally change the world, and how we leave it. This is the golden moment that NewSpace has been waiting for. Ten years to overturn almost five decades of procedure, politics, and poor planning that have dead-ended us into stagnation.
The decades-old safety net of government-provided access to space is gone. There is no other option but to step up and deliver the future that we’ve all dreamed about, and ...

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