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Monday, December 7, 2009

NASA can't but a billionaire can?

Branson opens hangar doors to spaceship http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/12/07/branson.spaceship/index.html?iphoneemail

Now, here is incontrovertible evidence that NASA has gone the way of a government bureaucracy, too bloated in it's own rules, regulations, and tokens of self-importance to be able to perform it's job.

Just a fortnight ago, we were reading reports and diatribes about returning to rockets, capsules, and, oh yes, splash downs instead of pursuing the next generation of space shuttle.

Enter a billionaire who is not burdened with the trappings of a federal agency bound by layers of needless rules of it's own design.

The man has built a suborbital plane that stands to redefine air travel by taking advantage of suboribital routes. It's only a minor stretch to see this plane reaching into space, performing in manners we've only seen on TV so far.

NASA is doomed. I see no need for it to continue in it's current form. It should either reinvent itself or liquidate. Maybe hold a yardsale.

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