A New Space Policy

for the Trump administration. I’ve just started to skim it.

7 comments on this post.
  1. txhsdad:

    They lost me at the first line. The introduction begins, “The United States is an instinctive exploring and expanding power with a constant outward urge to discover and develop resources while spreading its basic founding principles.”

    Would that it were so, but does anybody really think most Americans see ourselves this way anymore? I tend to think of us more as a nation of spoiled, whiny, narcissistic navel-gazers who don’t even REMEMBER our founding principles, much less spread them. (After all, spreading American founding principles would imply a value judgment that we’re told we’re not entitled to make in a post-modern world.)

  2. ken anthony:

    Because crafting a new international space agreement [the 1967 Ouiter Space Treaty] would be time-consuming and difficult, the best strategy is to provide clarifying guidance with regard to interpreting
    the current treaty for both domestic and international space actors.

    Thus insuring that the flaws of the OST remain with us forever.

  3. wodun:

    I am not expecting much from this. Doubtful it will be any different than past President’s.

  4. Bill Hensley:

    Just want to point out, in case it’s not obvious to everyone, that this is the product of a think tank and not the Trump Administration:

    Center for a New American Security

  5. Lars:

    Exactly… This is not pfficial policy, and even if it was, it wouldn’t last 5 minutes until it was contradicted by the potus.

  6. wodun:

    It actually comes off as very much in Trump’s wheelhouse. The advantage to that is that he would be likely to accept it and not micromanage it. He would just set it and forget it. I can’t imagine he would spend more time on NASA than other administrations.

    Contradictions would likely come from congress and their crony contractors. Other possibilities are resistance NASA workers or bungled implementation from Bridenstine.

    The main roadblock would be Democrats who fear defending American interests, expanding American influence, think humans are a plague in the solar system, and that capitalism needs to be replaced by socialism.

  7. wodun:

    It’s too bad because it is exactly what we need. The only problem with it is using the pioneer analogy, which will immediately have the socialist space nerds reject it.