NASA To Possibly Offer Prizes For Space Firsts

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  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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  2. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I see this as a good thing also. We need to stimulate private enterprise in space. I disagree with NASA that they are the only ones that can do the expensive and hazardous missions.
     
  3. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Who do you know who's going to put up 10 Billion dollars for a manned mission to colonize the moon? 1 Trillion (one estimate) for a manned mission to Mars?

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    Paul Allen might pony up the money, or his Gatesness.

    As for the trillion I dunno. Thats the GDP of California. Maybe we can convince them to live like a third world country for a year to pay for it...

    I had seen an article that suggested that nasa just pony up money for prizes with certain restrictions. 10M for a heavy lift of so many tons of cargo to LEO with the stipulation that the company be willing to provide at least 10 lifts at that cost. There were a bunch of others, a space taxi between earth and LEO for 6 people, Y tons to GEO. This was in Analog about 5 or 6 years ago.
     
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    Ted Turner, Gates and other super wealthy individuals were approached a while back to help fund a multi-billion dollar attempt for Mars. They all declined :D

    So, I think these prizes will remain one of the key motivators in getting people to space. I just hope I get a chance to see the Earth from orbit one day myself :D

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  6. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    It is amazing what Spaceship One was able to do.

    I am concerned when you put profit ahead of anything else.
     

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