President Trump Has Re-established the National Space Council
Almost 50 years ago astronaut Neil Armstrong declared his “small step” onto the Moon as a “giant leap for mankind,” but the United States’ bureaucracy kept that from happening.
Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said in an opinion piece marking the anniversary of mankind’s 1st Moon walk, that President Donald Trump’s call to once again expand and grow the nation’s space program may change all that.
In addition, when Arthur C. Clarke wrote his epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 1968, said Mr. Gingrich, it was reasonable for people to think the scenes he wrote would have come true by then, they have not.
“Instead of building a robust space program, we built a robust space bureaucracy,” he said. “After nearly 50 years wandering in a mostly Earth-bound wilderness of Red Tape, and spending roughly $555-B on risk-averse, underwhelming, mostly unmanned space observation projects we have not truly taken Armstrong’s giant leap.”
“President Nixon’s decision to slow down and moderate President Kennedy’s space program amounted to one of the biggest hits to scientific advancement in our country’s history,” said Mr. Gingrich. “It set us down the path of high costs and large bureaucracy that now dominates NASA.”
But President Trump has signed on to re-establish the National Space Council after 25 years, declaring that “America will think big once again,” said Mr. Gingrich. He added that chairing the Space Council may be the assignment that makes Vice President Mike Pence the happiest, as Space has always fascinated him and he has driven to Florida in the past to watch rocket launches.
The Trump-Pence approach is even broader than the JFK approach. Kennedy was using space to influence the Cold War on Earth. Trump and Pence want Americans to go into space permanently.
President Trump, as an entrepreneurial President, can turn to leaders such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Paul Allen, Richard Branson, Eren and Fatih Ozmen, to help grow the program through less expensive assets.
“The new approaches of Mr. Bezos’s Blue Origin and Mr. Musk’s SpaceX will lower costs by at least 40%, and the next generation of reusables with new materials technology may take that reduction even further,” said Mr. Gingrich. “Equally important, these entrepreneurs are the forerunners of new systems that will have daily launches – instead of monthly launches.”
Technology such as 3D printing, robotics, AI (artificial intelligence), and micro-miniaturization could also lead Americans to the Moon and beyond.
If the Trump-Pence challenge sustains, Americans will be living beyond Earth and looking toward the stars for the rest of our existence.
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