NASA going for venture capital? (Reuters)

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docm

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Seems to re-enforce the potential roles for Bigelow and SpaceX, among others.<br /><br />Link....<br /><br /><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr /><p><b>NASA looks to private sector to help it go lunar</b><br /><br />DALLAS (Reuters) - NASA is in the market for commercial relationships and private capital as it gears up for its next manned missions to the moon.<br /><br />"That would make our life a lot easier," said Neil Woodward, acting director of NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate.<br /><br />The U.S. space agency is hoping to return to the moon in 2019 or 2020 and has longer range plans to send humans to Mars after that.<br /><br />"If somebody says 'I have this really great way to be able to extract water ice from lunar regolith (lunar rocks) that I've developed on my own dime' we would be interested," Woodward said.<br /><br />"If we could be in a commercial relationship with somebody who has the capability that's fine because in many cases they can do it for less money than we can," he told Reuters on the sidelines of a space development conference in Dallas.<br /><br /><b><font color="yellow">Venture capital in space exploration was a key theme at the conference.<br /><br />NASA's lunar plans envision the building of an outpost on the moon which would be continuously manned like the International Space Station is now.<br /><br />"Maybe at that point there will be commercial exploitation and we won't be sending missions there but some of the commercial companies here will start sending people there," Woodward said.<br /><br />Other commercial ventures in space include the possibility of fuel suppliers.<br /><br />"One thing that keeps getting batted around is a fuel dump in orbit, in low Earth orbit. If someone was to build one of those and said do you want NASA to be a customer we would say yes because if you do the math it turns out that</font></b></p></blockquote> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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owenander

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How bout NASA just realizes how ******** government agencies are and offer a straight up 16 billion dollar reward to whoever creates and maintains a permanent lunar colony for at least 1 year.<br /><br />Elon Musk could get there within 5 years for easily less than 1 billion, lets let him work.
 
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NASA has been trying to "privatize" for many years. Spacehab was supposed to "commercialize" Shuttle. In reality Spacehab's only customer was NASA. Private industry invests in capabilities it can sell to industry, government, and consumers; it would have no reason to spend its own money to finance a NASA program. NASA should be supporting private industry goals, as NACA did, not the other way around.
 
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nyarlathotep

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<font color="yellow">Elon Musk could get there within 5 years for easily less than 1 billion, lets let him work.</font><br /><br />For $1B, I'm sure Elon could blow up a dozen colonies. <img src="/images/icons/tongue.gif" />
 
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