Or at least that’s how Stephen Flemming put it on Twitter regarding Jeff Greason’s presentation at the Augustine Committee meeting today in Florida. To be fair, the rest of the subgroup also did an amazing job, especially Chris Chyba’s wrapup near the the end, where he made the case forcefully that becoming a spacefaring civilization is the only motivation for a manned space program that makes sense.
Anyhow, Jeff managed in 25 minutes to address human rating, depots, whether or not we need heavy lift, technology maturation and R&T investment, and the need for NASA to find new ways to interact with business. I don’t think he could have hit more of my hot-button issues in 25 minutes if he had tried.
Anyhow, I hear that the HSF committee will have video of today’s proceedings up online soon (possibly tonight) for those who didn’t get up at 5:30am PDT to watch. I’ll comment more later.
Whew! I haven’t had this much hope for this nation’s space program in years!
[Update: Here’s the link to the subgroup’s presentation (warning, it’s a 14MB powerpoint presentation). All of it is interesting, but Jeff’s part starts on page 76 and goes through page 89. Chris Chyba’s section was the last three pages.]