If anyone does not think that money and space are directly linked, then I have no idea what world you live in. Money affects everything, especially space and the proper development and use of technology. Case in point:
As much as I advocate for Commercial Space, part of me wonders if the costs will EVER come down to reasonable levels. As stated in the article, "Mr. Bigelow’s price is just under $23m per astronaut. That is about half what Russia charges for a trip to the international station, a price that is likely to go up after the space shuttle retires later this year."
Even if the costs come down by a factor of 100, the cost is still ridiculous. When do I get to go? When do YOU get to go? When the hell can we afford to let every human have the glorious opportunity to visit space and see this awesome world from afar?
Every time I turn around I see money as the noose around the neck of true space development. It's not knowledge, we have that. It's not resources, we have that, and we can go get more on asteroids. It sure as hell isn't motivation or willpower, because there are MANY of us who have ample amounts of that. One could say it's governments, but not really. They have motivations based on the real problem...money.
Budget restrictions, cost concerns, cost/benefit analysis crap, etc., etc., all reduce our potential. How many awesome projects have been canceled because of money? I bet all of us could name 3 or 4. How many great ideas never got started because of money? How many innovations were squashed and hidden because of money?
I can't get away from the fact that everything we want to do in space is possible right now, but we're always told we can't AFFORD to do this, or AFFORD to do that. I'm sick of the excuses. I'm sick of human expansion and knowledge being sequestered by a system made up of fake, bogus bullshit money that's not even based on anything real anymore. I'm sick of having the future of humanity determined by a myopic few who value money over humanity. I'm sick of all the crap, the greed, the stealing, the lying, the crime and the artificial state of social stratification that is brought about by the system we're stuck in.
Who the hell said the Monetary System was the best thing ever, and that nothing could ever be better? From what I can see, we are immersed in a load of problems, nearly every one of them linked to money. Yes, it served its purpose for a while, under certain specific conditions, but it is WAY overdue for a shelving, as those conditions have completely flipped. Time to evolve to the next level.
I want to go to space. I want to stay at a hotel on the Moon for my 50th anniversary, sipping Lambrusco wine, eating a nice chicken dinner with my wife. I want my daughter to be able to visit Mars whenever she wants. I want the same for everyone. Shouldn't we all?
No, I've not lost focus. My eyes are still fixed on the prize. I want humanity to become a space faring civilization, to grow and prosper as we explore this amazing universe. To use the great technologies we develop for that purpose for the betterment of all mankind, no matter where they live on the planet. My focus is strong and my resolve even stronger.
The questions are, are you willing to cast aside old ways for the pursuit of the same? How is your focus and resolve?