Good For Dr. Griffin

I just saw an news article stating that former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will be taking a position as a professor at University of Alabama, Huntsville.  In spite of all the disagreements I’ve had over the years with Dr. Griffin’s policies as NASA Admin, I have to say I’m genuinely pleased by this news.  I don’t think he was a very good NASA Administrator, but I think his record as an engineering academic speak for themselves.  I hope he does well in his new position, and I hope that in the end Dr Griffin is remembered more for the things he did mostly right (COTS and advocating for propellant depots are the two main ones that come to mind).

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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One Response to Good For Dr. Griffin

  1. NASA Cynic says:

    I am not sure if this was really his intention, but he managed to put a stake through the STS. There will be a window of opportunity between 2010 and 2017 for private industry to prove that nasa-owned launch vehicles are a bad idea. If they succeed, that will be his real legacy.

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