SPACE POLICY
- policy recommendations for the current administration -




  Legacy There is an approach to lunar return that would be far more historically significant than the current approach.
 
  American Space Leadership By developing an end-to-end commercial transport system to the Moon, the United States would lead the 206 nations into space.
 
  Private Workers First Should the first crew back to the Moon be NASA astronauts or "private" commercial workers? The historic difference is huge.
 
  Lunar COTS Public-private programs have been shown to be very cost-effective. We should repeat this approach with lunar return.
 
  International COTS The United States should encourage other countries to develop redundant, dissimilar, competing transport and surface systems.
 
  Gateway When one considers the option of simply rendezvousing and transferring propellant, cargo, and crew modules, the Gateway becomes unnecessary.
 
  Starship Tipping Point The decision makers in DC need to figure out how SpaceX's Starship rocket fits into national space policy.
 
  Earliest Mars It is right that our space policy should be Moon first. But we should also conduct the earliest possible mission to the Mars system.
 
  Commercial Space Ideology Commercial space is important for sustainability. But often support for commercial space results in activity but not actual progress.
 
  Commercial LEO Station There are many signs that a commercial space station in low Earth orbit will be a long-term drain on NASA's budget.
 
  Phases of Funding There are five phases of lunar development and a clear approach to funding each phase.
 
  Retirement is the Business Case We don't need to figure out some "unobtanium" to justify settlement. Retirees spending their savings is all that is necessary.
 
  Path to Settlement There is a clear financial and technical path starting with a government base, then an international base, then a private colony.
 

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