Couldn’t Have Said it Better Myself

Sorry for the long hiatus on blog posting. I do have a lot I want to blog about, but between a case of bloggers cramp, and how busy I’ve been at work with engine and vehicle work, I haven’t had much chance to write.

However, I wanted to draw attention to a very profound point made over on Space Pragmatism the other day regarding ESAS. Dan says:

Unlike many of my private space industry brothers, I don’t think [ESAS] is doomed to failure already. I think they could get to space, and with the right leadership (and I mean in the White House not in Griffin’s seat) they could build colonies and launch Americans to Mars.

So why am I not jumping for joy and waving my arms? The problem is, it doesn’t get me and my wife to space. That, of course, is my ultimate goal. Like Ron “Tater Salad” White said about being a dog lover:

I a dog lover. Actually I love my dog. I don’t give a crap
about your dog.

Well, just the same for me. I want to go to space. I don’t give a crap if you go to space. (I wouldn’t mind the company, so come on up). But the best way to get me to space is to get everybody to space.

It’s kind of amusing hearing people defend the ESAS project saying that it will get America back on the moon. No, it won’t get America back on the moon. It’ll get a few employees of the US government back to the moon, but most Americans have never gone to the moon a first time, let alone talk about “going back” to the moon.

And that’s the real problem with this architecture. It really does nothing to help hasten the day when Dan, or his wife, or I, or any other normal Joe for that matter, will have a chance to visit or live on the moon. If commercial lunar access becomes a reality, it will become so in spite of ESAS, not becuase of it.

Now, I don’t mind having to use some of my own ingenuity to help develop commercial space. It’s just a cryin’ shame seeing billions of our money going each year to allowing some aging hipsters to live out their Star Trek fantasies by proxy all over again as NASA builds its “Continual Employment Vehicle”. And the ironic thing is that these NASA-fanboys are often the same guys who whine about entitlements and social programs. They’re all welfare-queens as far as I’m concerned.

If NASA should exist at all, it should not be to give rocket nerds their jollies at everyone else’s expense. It should be actually helping promote the private space industry, for the benefit of all. Maybe they should be doing stuff more like what the old NACA used to do–research on useful topics, industry promotion, stuff like that. Not just channeling billions to bloated contractors for a program that only benefits a couple of space voyeurs.

Ok, spleen’s all vented. I feel better now.

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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.
Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

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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1 Response to Couldn’t Have Said it Better Myself

  1. Stewart says:

    Thank you, you said it for me. I’d like to be able to at least have a working retirement in low-gee. But it for sure won’t be NASA that could get me there.

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