Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Chink in the Armor of ITAR

Hooray Bigelow, for not only challenging this ridiculous aspect of ITAR, but for winning! That's one stupid rule down, only 134 more to go! lol. Okay, I don't know if it's 134, but there are a lot of stupid rules related to ITAR that completely ruin the ability for American aerospace companies to compete in the global market, especially the new and upcoming private space businesses.

It's about time that someone challenge ITAR, and with this win, I bet you will see more and more challenges that will relax ITAR to where it's supposed to be, which is protecting military and national defense information/hardware, not intruding on private commercial space.


Norman Copeland said...

It would be interesting to consider if private science would be a better development first for sensible space enthusiasts?

NASA is doing an excellent job, but, it would be really, really exciting if someone televised an orbiting 'science lab' and kept it operating 24 hours a day for televison.

Douglas Mallette said...

I think the private industry would be more adept to publicly televise and promote their work because they need investors to keep going. NASA doesn't need that and doesn't seem to really care, considering how little they really promote themselves except during shuttle missions.

Norman Copeland said...

The thing is though, one president with the publicly enforced mandate to promote a fresh new directive for NASA could happen anytime. NASA has plenty of work, the agenda is set, it doesn't need advertising, it doesn't need any new agenda setting, thats my opinion.

Perhaps some interactive science communication from other institutes involved with space science, but, thats happening, companies are getting the gist that space has lots of resources for our race to explore, its just about those companies getting the 'right' impetus which I don't believe is publicly driven.

For instance, we don't have public campaigns to develope community support of medical companies that should be getting the cure for herpes.

Space is really important, but, why will it be important to a race going to the mall for a dunkin doughnut and cup of coffee?

Space is our thing until its $100 to visit Clark Gable city on Venus for the weekend with the wife, and that my friend is about us, the men and women who pull the strings organising the technology.

Anonymous said...

Here is my opinion.....
Why are all these companies in America competing for prizes to put a rover on the moon? Why don't they collaborate with NASA and other agencies to make a bigger and better rover that would do a thousand different things? Why not create an army of robots on the moon that can start setting up a moon station so that when we have the resources available to make it to the moon we will have everything waiting for us when we get there? I really think that for too long our space agencies have thought too much inside the box. If everyone was to collaborate with each other, we would get things done 10 times faster with 10 times more accuracy.