Skip to comments.Private moon mission rumour is glimpse of lunar future
Posted on 11/24/2012 2:53:14 PM PST by BenLurkin
Cryptic tweets and posts from the websites NASASpaceFlight.com and NASA Watch, neither of which is affiliated with NASA, said former NASA astronauts and engineers would soon announce such a venture.
This led various bloggers to single out the company Golden Spike. It is registered in Colorado to Alan Stern, a former administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, and now working on the New Horizons Pluto mission at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
Golden Spike has not revealed its plans, and Stern told New Scientist that he "can't comment either way" on the purported mission.
NASA and China have vague plans to return astronauts to the moon. But Bourgeois says private players will do it more cheaply. For example, Scaled Composites became the first commercial outfit to send a human into sub-orbital space in 2004, winning the Ansari X Prize, and it spent only a third of what it would have cost a state-supported aerospace organisation, according to a source from the X Prize Foundation.
Commercial missions will also help establish the moon as a new frontier, which is important for humanity's development, Bourgeois says. "If we're not going up and out, we're going to fall back in on ourselves."
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Yeah and this news coming from Boulder makes it even more believable.
Hemp powered scientists and rockets.
Rocky Mountain High Colorado!
Why NOT a civilian space program? Let the former NASA folks look for backing and get it going on their own. Better the free market than the government.
Run it like a lottery and they won’t know what to do with all that cash.
Yup. Private space is the way to go.
If NASA wants to justify their existence, lets them do exploration and prospecting with all findings freely given to the public.
Let private enterprise do what the Federal Government is unwilling to do!
Not from Boulder it’s not.
The plan has always been for NACA/NASA to do the preparatory work needed for commercial aerospace industry to takeover the developments of extraterrestrial industry and commerce.
Property Rights will be the deciding factor. Otherwise, colonizing the moon has a huge commercial upside.
Interesting. Question is, what could they find or do there that would generate enough return to justify the investment? Tourism? Minerals?
The one based in DC has already done it. Over forty years ago.
NASA couldn't put men on the moon again in 100 years. Not the way they are structured now. They are little more than a bloated bureaucracy with over paid, under worked political hacks like James Hanson. They are more concerned with 'diversity' and 'Muslim Outreach' than science and effective space exploration.
Just because NASA has been mismanaged for a long time doesn’t mean these jokers are capable. They have some Power Point slides and a front man that is a big talker.
What has this company accomplished? Who’s funding them? They better have a boat full of money.
Modern version of trading companies like in the 17th Century perhaps. Rare minerals and perhaps some industry that can produce small, high value products that can be made from minerals found on planets. I remember reading about ball bearings being a possibility, that more precise ones could be produced in lesser gravity.
Give the $20 Billion per year to any quality private sector organization with the express purpose of space exploration and offer some sort of competition and we would be amazed at what happens. To put that amount of money into perspective, NASA has an annual budget larger than the annual sales of Nationwide Ins, Alcoa, Good Year Tire, Brystol-Meyers, Cigna, Time Warner, Occidental Petroleum, U S Steel, Colgate Palmolive, Bank of New York, OR ANY company in the Fortune 500 NOT higher than 107. Something tells me that mismanagement is an under statement. They are just another top heavy government Bureaucracy. AND I am a fan of NASA. They at least have cool toys and generally have things made domestically.