42 – Initial discussion and criticism of the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal

This is the first of several Spacefaring America blog entries discussing and providing criticism of the Cheap Access to Space (CATS) draft legislative proposal now being advocated by the Space Frontier Foundation and the National Space Society. The full text of the CATS’ draft description is available here and the draft Continue reading

41 – The fallacy of using prizes to try to advance commercial passenger spaceflight

With a new proposal being developed to advance commercial passenger and payload orbital spaceflight using a prize, it’s worthwhile to explore whether this approach makes sense. I don’t believe that it does. Do you remember the Ansari XPRIZE? The one Burt Rutan’s team won in 2004? Here is the description Continue reading

40 – Coalition of the Space Frontier Foundation and the National Space Society announced to resume citizens lobbying of Congress

The Space Frontier Foundation and the National Space Society announced March Storm 2015 (March 15 – 19, 2015) in Washington DC to lobby Congress on advancing American commercial human space operations. Information on March Storm 2015 is available at this site. One of the proposals to be advocated during the Continue reading

39 – Space Development Steering Committee’s website posts my paper “Technically-achievable, Near-term Space Logistics”

A new effort is beginning to promote the development of fully-reusable space access. (More will be coming on this blog on this effort.) In 2006, I wrote a technical paper describing how an integrated spacefaring logistics infrastructure could be built, using available technologies, throughout the Earth-Moon system. The paper is Continue reading

38 – 1956 short film of Von Braun shows the human spacefaring vision that the U.S. then had, but has since lost

Today, the U.S. human space program is severely handicapped by a paucity of forward-looking leaders. Consequently, it struggles from one self-created crisis to the next, not having any solid foundation of purpose and direction on which to make sound recommendations and decisions. A Great Power needs forward-looking visionary leaders pushing Continue reading