Imagine being the guy who has to tell JFK that we as a nation have to beg the Russians for a ride whenever we want to put an American in Space.
In all reality, the Space Shuttle program was more than likely what has stopped private industry from thriving.
Space-X is slated to rendezvous with the ISS in a month or so. Asking the Ruskies for rides isn’t going to be a long term thing.
I’m actually quite excited by the prospect of futher privitization of orbital transit systems. The thing is, space flight has been largly a private enterprise for a long time. It just had NASA overseeing the programs. What floors me is that NASA was derailed fron its Mars exploration and human extra-orbital mission.
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