Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Space

Flights of fancy may launch the industry’s future

"Old" space, Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post:
"Old Space (and this is still the dreamers talking) is slow, bureaucratic, government-directed, completely top-down. Old Space is NASA, cautious and halting, supervising every project down to the last thousand-dollar widget. Old Space is Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman. Old Space coasts on the glory of the Apollo era and isn’t entirely sure what to do next."
 "New" space, quoting reporter Achenbach:
"New Space is the opposite of all that. It’s wild. It’s commercial, bootstrapping, imaginative, right up to the point of being (and this is no longer the dreamers talking) delusional."
The Falcon 9: 

Photo Credit: SpaceX, Sept. 29, 2013

Quoting +Elon Musk:
“We’re either going to be on Earth forever until some extinction event claims us, or we’re going to be a multi-planet species, out there exploring the stars.”
Honor old space.

Chase new space.

Technology leadership invigorates.

As does the promise of new exploration.

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