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Study Shows Further U.S. Competitive Decline in Space
Parabolic Arc ^ | August 2, 2012 | Doug Messier

Posted on 08/02/2012 6:40:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The United States remains the top dog in space, but it is losing its competitive advantage as the nation’s space program undergoes a series of major transitions while other nations, in particular China, improve their space capabilities.

So says Futron’s 2012 Space Competitiveness Index, which was released on Wednesday. It’s the fifth anniversary edition of the report, and the fifth year in a row in which Futron has documented America’s declining lead in space.

What a fun read.

Perhaps to offset that depressingly familiar conclusion, Futron has spiced up the report by adding five emerging space powers to the 10 nations it normally analyzes. The additions include Argentina, Australia, Iran, South Africa and Ukraine. They join the usual suspects: United States, Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Canada, India, Brazil, Israel and South Korea.

.....The United States remains the overall leader in space competitiveness, but its relative position has declined for the fifth straight year, as other countries enhance their capabilities while the U.S. undergoes major transitions amid significant uncertainty.

....China performed a record number of launches in 2012, surpassing the United States for the first time, while increasing investment in technical education programs and civilian research institutes.

.....Iran has made faster progress than any other newly emergent space nation. The tenor of Iran’s space program—civilian or military—will hinge on geopolitics. Other international actors have substantial power to influence the future focus of the Iranian space program....

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KEYWORDS: dedevelopus; nasa; spaceprogram

1 posted on 08/02/2012 6:40:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We’re sliding into second-rate status on a lot of fronts. But take heart... we’ll talk about it a lot.


2 posted on 08/02/2012 6:44:23 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama has been trying to turn us into a third world country since his first day in office.

He hates America, is Muslim and no more Christian than Ahmadinejhad.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 6:44:56 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I imagine the space program is really expensive.


4 posted on 08/02/2012 6:49:30 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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Argentina, China ink space cooperation deal "BUENOS AIRES — China plans to build an antenna for deep space observation in Argentina's southern Patagonia region, Argentina's foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

The agreement -- between Argentina's space agency and China's agency for the control and tracking of satellites -- also defines more general "parameters for establishing earth-based installations," and creates a basis for future cooperation, the ministry said.

It emphasized the antenna is "a project of tremendous importance," which will permit Argentina "to develop interplanetary exploration activities, to study deep space and celestial bodies, to monitor and control satellites, and to acquire scientific data."........

Belarus [AND China] to help build space facility in Venezuela "Belarus will participate in the construction of the space base in the state of Aragua in Venezuela. The construction of that base is planned not to launch nuclear rockets, but to send into space scientific research satellites," the diplomat said at a press conference.

The space base will be just one of the projects that will be carried out by Venezuela, China and Belarus, Diaz Nuñez said.

"The satellites are being manufactured today in China but the agreement has already been reached for them to be assembled in Venezuela," Diaz Nuñez said.

The three partner countries will also build a power plant in the state of Barinas, a project valued at 900 million dollars.

The project will be financed by China, while Belarus will provide the technology."......

Ukraine, China discuss future cooperation in lunar program“.........Cooperation in the exploration of the Moon and Mars are among the promising cooperation areas of the new Ukrainian-Chinese cooperation program on the exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes for 2011-2015, which was signed in September 2010.

Adviser to the head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) Eduard Kuznetsov said earlier that Ukraine planned to implement a project called Selena in 2017 involving the launch of a small scientific satellite to fly around the Moon.

The lunar satellite will be developed by Dnipropetrovsk-based Pivdenne Design Bureau and will be equipped with the new Ukrainian Krechet upper stage. The satellite is planned to be launched with the help of the Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket.

July 30, 2012 - Lunar Mission Expected Next Year For China 2013 lander.

5 posted on 08/02/2012 6:52:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: stuartcr
NASA administrator Bolden says we can't cut it, we can't always be number one: Here

Obama's Science and Technology Czar, John P. Holdren, says the world is better when other countries pull up and level the playing field; that America can't always be number one.

To this administration, the de-development of the United States (as Czar John P. Holdren subscribes too and applauds) is a positive thing.

6 posted on 08/02/2012 7:02:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; ScottinVA; Venturer; stuartcr
These guys are just trying to sell their report with the most dramatic headlines.

This "news report on a press release marketing a report" doesn't say whether they include the PRIVATE SPACE INDUSTRY into the "USA" column or is it -just- NASA. If just NASA, then all conservatives should be happy to see it shifting to private industry.

Does the USA column include USAF Space Command? NSA launches?

You can fill out a form to expand their commercial mailing list and find out! =)

Space registry at the end of the 21st century should look like the naval registry at the end of the 20th.

The US Naval presence would technically be dwarfed by Chinese registered cargo vessels on the high seas...but that doesn't mean the Chinese command the sea lanes by a longshot. Or even a Long March! =)

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7 posted on 08/02/2012 7:07:04 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

What is your view on our space program?

Oh, and btw there’s private space and then there is subsidized space being billed as commercial space (P.T. Barnum Space) just to keep everyone ignorant while the U.S. national space program is dismantle (the playing field leveled).


8 posted on 08/02/2012 7:21:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
As you and I have discussed before, the U.S. "space program" has shifted its focus since about the late '80s away from exploring space and towards maintaining a steady flow of Congressional pork to guarantee tenured jobs at NASA locations in Florida and Texas, and NASA's favored contractors (Lockheed, ATK Thiokol, Boeing).

No space projects that do not shovel significant tax dollars toward these sacred cows will receive more than minimal support. That's your problem, right there!!

9 posted on 08/02/2012 7:37:41 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: sam_paine
If just NASA, then all conservatives should be happy to see it shifting to private industry.

Let me throw a hearty "amen!!" your way.

10 posted on 08/02/2012 7:39:55 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Notary Sojac

You’re looking at the symptoms.

The terminal disease is that we have NO STATED program to BUILD outward.


11 posted on 08/02/2012 7:40:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What do you have against PT Barnum?

Seriously! Why use him as a derisive example? He was successful marketing genius and businessman who created products that people wanted!

What were the first showboats if not circus tents for the rich and famous? SpaceX still has to develop the same engines and airframes to carry scientists, miners or clowns.


13 posted on 08/02/2012 8:22:20 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Notary Sojac
No space projects that do not shovel significant tax dollars toward these sacred cows will receive more than minimal support.

I don't think you get it.

This guy is auctioning off all the livestock and knocking down the barns, and then he's going to sell the house and the dirt to the Chinese for cheap -- just to spite the heirs, because he hates them.

Get it now?

14 posted on 08/02/2012 8:28:38 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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He was successful marketing genius and businessman who created products that people wanted!

"Egress".

"Never give a sucker an even break."

He deserves, not our scorn, but our urine.

15 posted on 08/02/2012 8:31:00 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Patience, patience, it just takes a long time to train our muzzie astronauts.

They keep wanting to learn how to fly the space capsules into skyscrapers.

16 posted on 08/02/2012 8:44:46 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Really? Maybe you should find an ambulance chaser lawyer to sue someone for you if you are ignorant of a word’s definition?

Or you could get a community organizer to protest for you against entertainers using multisyllabic words?


17 posted on 08/02/2012 8:48:05 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: ScottinVA

NASA went PC a long time ago - until that’s stopped, the program will continue to fail.


18 posted on 08/02/2012 8:55:18 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Declining??? What other country has even one private effort to develop launch capability???
19 posted on 08/02/2012 9:43:16 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

You let me know when that “private” launch company turns a profit. To date it’s received close to $800M from NASA and the DoD.


20 posted on 08/02/2012 11:16:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We need a new cold war.


21 posted on 08/02/2012 11:34:57 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Eisenhower had the right idea about space exploration:

"I'd like to know what's on the other side of the moon, but I won't pay to find out this year!"

22 posted on 08/02/2012 12:05:23 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"You let me know when that “private” launch company turns a profit. To date it’s received close to $800M from NASA and the DoD."

Which one?? There are several. And yes, some are getting federal money. That is a VERY old and tried US way of getting nationally useful projects "off the ground" (no pun intended) without having the government in direct operational control...see, for example, scientific exploration (Lewis and Clark), railroads, powered flight, and many many many others.

23 posted on 08/02/2012 12:26:48 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"You let me know when that “private” launch company turns a profit. To date it’s received close to $800M from NASA and the DoD."

Which one?? There are several. And yes, some are getting federal money. That is a VERY old and tried US way of getting nationally useful projects "off the ground" (no pun intended) without having the government in direct operational control...see, for example, scientific exploration (Lewis and Clark), railroads, powered flight, and many many many others.

24 posted on 08/02/2012 12:27:30 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

“Useful?”

I’m concerned about national security and our strength as a nation. The perception (and reality) is that we have walked away from space.

Launching payloads to LEO isn’t going to cut it. A lot of countries do that.


25 posted on 08/02/2012 12:47:15 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Study Shows Further U.S. Competitive Decline in Space

Yea but, how successful are other countries space programs in connecting with Muslims?
26 posted on 08/02/2012 12:59:00 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"I’m concerned about national security and our strength as a nation. The perception (and reality) is that we have walked away from space."

I think you'll find that the military efforts have not been curtailed significantly, though Obama might dearly wish to. There are still enough "strong defense" Democrats that ally with Republicans to keep that going.

That may change if he wins the next term. If he loses, I think you'll see a significant turnaround in the status of civilian efforts.

"Launching payloads to LEO isn’t going to cut it. A lot of countries do that."

Launching payloads to LEO ECONOMICALLY is THE absolute necessity to all the rest of space for ALL operations, both civilian AND military. The private efforts in the US are still the best bet for that to happen. It was never going to happen with NASA in charge....it lost it's mojo long ago.

27 posted on 08/02/2012 2:44:23 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: sam_paine
Off-axis snark fail.

This is your only notice.

Thanks for caring. You can still reply to what I actually posted.

Meanwhile, Barnum is still a cynical schmuck, and always will be, and will never, but never, deserve the admiration of the American People. Period. End subject.

28 posted on 08/02/2012 2:57:14 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Barnum was a successful businessman, and always will be, and will never, but never, need “admiration.” He wasn’t Sally Field. Period. End subject.

Apparently you’ve never actually dealt with anyone personally in sales or marketing.


29 posted on 08/02/2012 3:04:45 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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