What We Need From the U.S. Government
The only help the Artemis Project is counting on from the U. S.
- Unencumbered access to the existing data on spacecraft design and lunar
science data the taxpayers have already paid for.
- Prudent control over their tendency to over-regulate the aerospace industry.
- Don't sign stupid treaties.
- Don't stand in the way.
- (Maybe) Availability of launch services on U. S. launchers at a
- Representing our interests in other countries, as they would for any
Launch services are a "maybe" because we haven't decided on a launcher yet, and won't have to for several
years. Among the currently available U.S. fleet, the Titan IV looks like
the best candidate for getting our hardware to orbit. Obviously, for the
Titan IV to be a viable option, our government will have to be willing to
sell those launch services to us at a price competitive with other
countries' launch systems.
That said, here's the question: if the U.S. government (or any government we
can legally work with) wants to participate in the
Artemis Project, is there any reason to discourage
that? Obviously we can't accept help that's not help, and can't afford to
promote the ever-changing social causes of the government. But would we
refuse to carry, for example, a scientific payload just because it was
sponsored by the government?
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