3 Reasons for Americans to Reject Space Entrepreneurs
SpaceX shoots its Dragon capsule into space and re-supplies the international space station.
Who paid for this trip? We did:
[Space X] …aims to launch the next supply mission in September under a steady contract with NASA.
Get ready for a Corporate Space Race:
Rival Orbital Sciences Corp. hopes to have its first unmanned test flight off by year’s end. It also has a NASA contract for cargo runs.
We won’t need another Cold War to serve as the drive for this space race…just a cool flashing of greenbacks in front of Congress to win contracts.
Here are 3 good reasons why the corporate control of outer space is a bad idea:
1. OLD GLORY WILL NO LONGER BE DISPLAYED PROMINENTLY ON ASTRONAUT UNIFORMS.
Because corporations exist to make profits, the names of sponsors will adorn Astronaut uniforms. Instead of looking like this…
Astronauts will look like this…
Where’s the American flag? Unfortunately, the only space left for NASA will more than likely be on the uniform’s left buttock.
2. POLITICAL GRAFT WILL EXTEND TO OUTER SPACE
Corporations will test rockets more and more…and rocket testing will lead to more and more crashes on Earth and to more debris in space. Who will collect this rocket garbage? Visionary professional garbage collectors who have rockets, of course.
And the lowest bidders will never get contracts. NASA will award contracts to sanitation companies based on the historic New Jersey model – only to those that are “connected. ” To all other bidders: Fuhgeddaboudit!
3. ROCKET CORPORATIONS WILL “BRAND” PLACES IN OUTER SPACE
We know this will happen because corporations shell out money to brand themselves on public places on Earth: e.g., the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio. Will outer space itself get renamed?
If a space entrepreneur’s rocket lands a woman in the Sea of Tranquility, the place where Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon, could it pay to rename it? The Sea of SpaceX?
That’s one small step for a corporation; one giant leap for corporate-kind
I just hope that when the space entrepreneurs finally conquer the McMoon, they don’t screw around with changing its name.