RE: Space Frontier Foundation Conference?
Hi - In addition to my SF piece, I'd add that YES, the Space Frontier
conference is definitely a meeting for younger people trying to find what
INTERESTING things are going on in space - rather than taxpayer-funded
The "space industry" as it currently operates is one of the last cold war
hang-outs: they get $25 billion of taxpayers' (around the world) money EVERY
And when you think that if that was commercial money it would generate a new,
$25 billion turnover business every year, creating about 1/2 a million
permanent new jobs every year, and generating several $billion profits - you
can see the level of waste that is involved in NASA's official vision that in
about 50 years (that's $700 billion in the US alone at present NASA spending)
the space industry will comprise a base on the Moon and a base on Mars for
government employees - still all paid for by the taxpayer!
Howeve, the paradigm IS slowly changing - to the idea that space activities
could and should be commercial - and developing passenger travel to orbit is
coming to be seen as the KEY activity that is going to break this open. Space
Frontier is one of the very few places where this vision is accepted and is the
focus of the meeting. It's still difficult to carry it out, but THIS is
unquestionably humans' future - NOT NASA's vision!
So any young person with spirit would be well advised to avoid the "mainstream"
space conferences which will just confuse them - and go to Space Frontier and a
small number of other ones - such Space Access and Space 2000 (the ASCE
From: Dejan Bajic <adastra@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 2, 1998 3:19 AM
Subject: Re: Space Frontier Foundation Conference?
Thanks a lot, for everyone who replied about their experiences, etc., at
the Space Frontier Foundation Conference.
One last thing I was curious about, would any of you recommend this event
for people who are neither employed in the "space field," nor are in any
other professional capacity related to space, such as engineering,
electronics, programming, or what have you? In other words, would you
recommend this to someone who is an "average person" (such as a college
student, etc.? ;).
Any other information on this would be appreciated.
"Beware of the man of one book."
"Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it. Once
realized, it becomes commanplace."
"Space is a place not a program."
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."
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Re: Space Frontier Foundation Conference?
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