Just out of curiousity, how many of you guys actually find what I have to write useful? I’m curious, because I sometimes get a decent amount of traffic on some of my articles, and I’m sure that most people reading it probably don’t have a lot of comments. But sometimes I just can’t help but wonder if I’m wasting my time on some of these topics. Having a day-job with an alt.space company means that I tend to have way too much on my plate to really delve into issues in the detail that some critics would like to see, while at the other time some of the topics that I know the most about, I can’t really talk about (for ITAR or proprietary reasons). So I’ve been trying to toss out some thoughts, get the ball rolling and such…but it really doesn’t seem to be rolling anywhere?
I’ve always doubted that I’d be able to have much of an impact on massive public decisions like the ones being made at NASA over mission architecture and such, but I’m not even sure if any of my thoughts or ideas are even really making any sort of lasting impact on even the private side of things. I think ideas like dry-launch, propellant transfer, manned commercial projects, etc have a real role to play in the development of space. I just don’t see anything actually happening on most of those fronts. Am I just being too impatient? naive? sleep deprived?
Anyhow, what do you guys say? Are any of these topics useful? Do you think its making any sort of a difference to anyone outside of the allready convinced? You don’t have to comment directly in the comments if you’d prefer anonymity, just drop me a line at jongoff