President Bush has announced his “new” space policy (as Transterrestrial Musings points out, it’s basically a rehash of a Spiro Agnew plan). The fatal conceit is that a large government program is the right way to go about getting humans in to the cosmos. Some think that it’s a ploy to keep NASA from actively sabotaging any effort that isn’t 100% NASA controlled (a key sign of a failing burearocracy is its primal fear of openly acknowledged irrelevance - kind of like the UN) and that Bush will change that once NASA has publically bought in, because
The President has had a special place in his heart for the ISS and its management ever since he was stuck with a check that was some 48 billion more than he had been told.
And even at that price, doesn’t do anything useful (certainly not what was promised at the start of the project).
It all comes down to NASA failing to develop reliable and affordable ground to orbit capabilities for thirty years. Why would anyone expect the next thirty to be any different? At the same time, NASA will use all of its power to see that no private firm gets involved.
We’ll see. We can only hope that Bush is pulling another subtle move in his normal style. But that needs to be weighed against Bush’s high comfort level with massive government.
My overall rating - completely unimpressed, but not utterly opposed.