Monday, October 19, 2009

Buzz Aldrin & the Space Renaissance Initiative

http://www.spacerenaissance.org/papers/SRI_endorsement_to_LIDC_2.pdf

The above link will take you to the official response by the Space Renaissance Initiative regarding a special request issued by former astronaut and Moon walker Buzz Aldrin. The response letter includes the details. This is a good step for SRI in the right direction of joining forces with other space advocacy organizations in the development of space for humanity. Thanks Buzz and way to go SRI!

6 comments:

Norman Copeland said...

Ok, What my real thought's about this are that money talks and bulshit walks, I agree with everything that they've said, but, anyone could of written that letter and that's what money men will be looking at.

If you've ever seen anyone prepare a business plan you'll see that this letter is really shoddy. I know... I'm being a bastard, but, believe me, I'm not hindering people because I'm not telling the truth...


It all sounds nice and so totally needs supporting, but, press releases need ummmph...

If this doesn't recieve money soon it will just wash away because it will prove itself unsustainable.

I've said this before, philosophers and scientists are not money men and really have not been successful with obtaining investment.

What I want to see from these guys is who they've got on board.

Thats how I do the business.

Marcel F. Williams said...

Any deviation from the primary focus of establishing a permanently manned base on the Moon would be a waste of tax payer money, IMO. That's why it continues to surprise me how much time NASA spends showing manned lunar exploration scenarios instead of permanent lunar base scenarios.

And if the ultimate goal is Mars, then we'll learn a lot more about helping humans to survive for months or years on Mars by assembling and shielding lunar habitats than we would from more Apollo-like lunar sorties. NASA needs to purge itself of its delusional fantasies about the Apollo program. Folks loved the first Moon landing but were extremely board by the next missions. But they wouldn't be board with a lunar settlement program because they wouldn't be looking at an adventure designed for an elite few. They'd be looking at their future!


I wouldn't mind perhaps one lunar sortie per year to an interesting region on the Moon. But most of the manned and cargo missions to the Moon each year should be focused on building a permanent and continuously growing lunar facility.

And if we build it, the tourist and maybe even Lunar Lotto winners will surely come! Maybe by the dozens at first and then by the hundreds and eventually by the thousands every year perhaps before mid century.

Norman Copeland said...

Hello Marcel F. Williams, It's been a while huh...

Que pasa, es interesante ciencias de futura huh...

Ok, I'll probably be listening to Douglas at his talkshow and this would be a good question for him...

What sort of public advertising does he think will be central for the interest of space tourism [NSA?], I guess there is a lot of business development opportunities for large companies, but, a unit quota for this era could potentially tell the stories of how much money really is available sitting around the place...

Douglas Mallette said...

Norman - SRI is made up of 40+ organizations and they are working on the funding aspect of it, including flight demonstrations of some sort to prove viability. I think the organizations are listed on the website, but not sure. I've not been THAT involved lately because of my book stuff.

Marcel - I completely agree. Moon is pri-one. Get that established and then do the rest. The Moon will prove viability and profit potential. Lunar Lotto...I f'ing LOVE that idea! I never thought of that. Talk about raising a crap load of cash for additional R&D. Lotto a few tickets a year for some lucky bastard and you'll have a boat load of people jump on that.

Norman - I will answer this question in a separate article, because I just blasted off a nice one. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

Marcel F. Williams said...

I'll probably write a blog article about my Lunar Lotto concept (really a Space Lotto concept) on New Papyrus in the near future. But its mostly a way to help develop a manned space travel market for US based private space launch companies-- once they have the man rated vehicles in operation. But NASA could also provide seats on the current shuttle and their future space craft to the ISS, future space stations, and eventually to a Moon base until private US companies are ready to take over private passenger launches into space.

I also think anyone in the world should be able to purchase a US government space lotto ticket or tickets for about a dollar each so that every human on Earth could have a chance to fly into space-- or the winner could sell the winning ticket to a rich guy who'd like to fly into space for a bargain price:-)

Douglas Mallette said...

Marcel - Sounds like a good deal to me, but the government is way too anal about who THEY pick to go into space.