Dragon’s impact on space policy; COTS plans

It’s going to be interesting to watch how the success of the Falcon 9/Dragon flight impacts space policy thinking in Washington, industry and academia. There have been other space related projects like DC-X and Lunar Prospector that cost a lot less than standard aerospace procurement said they should but their high performance/cost ratios had no effect on NASA and DoD. SpaceX, on the other hand, is too close to the center of the NASA policy debate to be ignored. I think it will be weeks if not months before what was accomplished really sinks in. However, we are starting to see some of the implications of the flight starting to be discussed: /– Corporate Space Launch Puts Pentagon in ‘Awkward Position’ – Danger Room/Wired.com /– Editorial: A space agency in transition – Huntsville Times /– The New Sputnik by Robert Zubrin – Mars Society === Here’s another article about possible changes to the COTS flights for Dragon: Private Dragon Spacecraft’s Next Mission Could Visit Space Station, SpaceX Says – SPACE.com

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