Legal and Political Issues
Section 3.5.
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What We Need From the U.S. Government

The only help the Artemis Project is counting on from the U. S. government is:

  1. Unencumbered access to the existing data on spacecraft design and lunar science data the taxpayers have already paid for.
  2. Prudent control over their tendency to over-regulate the aerospace industry.
  3. Don't sign stupid treaties.
  4. Don't stand in the way.
  5. (Maybe) Availability of launch services on U. S. launchers at a competitive price.
  6. Representing our interests in other countries, as they would for any U.S.-based corporation.

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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