Just read Dan Schmelzer’s take on this whole NASA business:
To my mind, the manned spaceflight portion of NASA is a parasite on the American people. It’s now a jobs program for rocketeers. I look at it rather benignly, though. It’s a waste of money, but no more than that. NASA doesn’t stop anybody from doing what they want to do. No small, innovative companies — those who will form the backbone of future space activity — are going broke because of NASA. On the other hand, I discount heavily the potential good that NASA can do for the industry.
Because of this view, to my mind the best thing to do is to ignore NASA’s manned spaceflight activities. It would be boring to follow it anyway.
Amen. As someone on one of the MSM websites put it “its the yawn of a new era”.
It’s more fun to follow SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace, and potentially Scaled Composites and Armadillo Aerospace once their orbital programs come into sharper focus.
It’ll be nice once we at MSS actually get something flying so people can start speculating about our future plans too. 🙂