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Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program e-book


James A Vedda






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Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program e-book

by James A Vedda

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to its place as a leader of space exploration. He does not believe that there is enough depth on the part of decision makers beyond the immediate needs of the space industry.

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Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program. What is a spacefaring society, and how do we get there from here? In addressing these questions, this book examines how partisanship and parochialism have hindered American space dreams in recent years, and demonstrates that the lessons we should have learned from . history can put us on a more productive path View.

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Dr. Vedda is well versed in both space strategy and political science.
Whether you agree with his ideas or not, they are very well presented and accessible.
This book is an excellent read and provides an inspirational view of where we go from here with respect to space programs.
Highly recommended.
A must read for Space Policy wonks
This book really offers different take on the issues facing the american space program and I found it very enlightening
I found this book to be difficult to read probably because there is significant political opinion mixed in. I prefer more factual texts.
In this clearly written, thoughtful book, Dr. James A. Vedda, an active and knowledgeable space policy analyst in Washington, offers a practical step-by-step approach for rescuing America's space program from its present floundering. He describes three stages of space development, i.e., training ground, industrial park in cislunar (Earth-Moon) space, and, finally, settlement and expansion in the solar system. We're presently still in stage one and need to change our national and international approach to achieve stage two by building space infrastructure that creates economic value, societal benefits, and new knowledge. This can best be achieved thorough strong public-private collaboration. Dr. Vedda discusses how big infrastructure projects have always involved such collaboration and provides fascinating historical examples in maritime transportation, railroads, highways, and air travel. I was especially intrigued by the lessons he derived from historical analogies that can point the way for space development. I did not know that 1800 people died when the Mississippi steamship Sultana exploded in 1865, more than died on the Titanic. That explosion and many other steamboat disasters can be attributed to lax government regulation and enforcement.

He also offers detailed descriptions and perspectives on past and current politics that hinder our advancement toward becoming spacefarers. Frankly, the degree of partisan and parochial behavior exhibited by many members of Congress involved in space decisions can only be described as disturbing. Myopic focus on jobs in districts and reluctance to collaborate with other nations completely trump achievement of advances in space that would benefit our nation, society, and the world.

Dr. Vedda's vision is that space activity needs to become mainstream. For this to happen, government investment in research must continue, but operations, such as supplying and servicing the International Space Station need to be moved out of NASA. Space activities must develop functionality similar to terrestrial activities. Examples include repair, refueling, cleaning up debris hazards, and protection against natural hazards such as radiation and incoming asteroids. The key to all of this is proximity operations. In summary, instead of outdated destination-driven approaches, Dr. Vedda proposes that we focus on a Cislunar-Next alternative close to home that builds the fundamentals for the exploration and development that will follow.
Good reading that seems to have more to do with the fact that our own politicians and bureaucrats are getting in the way of becoming a true spacefaring society than anything truly technical. Fortunate that some private citizens are trying to solve that problem.

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