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Useful recommendations for NASA:
An aerospace panel is warning NASA that relying on private companies to send astronauts into space would raise serious safety issues.
The federal watchdog Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel said that outsourcing would be “unwise and probably not cost-effective” because private space companies are not yet technically advanced enough to safely put astronauts into orbit, The Wall Street Journal reported.
When has it ever raised safety issues before?
Time has gotten away from me. Foreign intel, veteran astronauts, leadership in the federal sector, ROTC on campus, learning through failure, and the effectiveness of EI training. These were some of the compelling stories in the last week:
US increasingly relies on foreign intel cooperation
Bolden named NASA administrator
Federal workers value strong leadership
Downs argues for ROTC on campus
Failure (sometimes) leads to learning
EI training proven effective
NASA has a new administrator:
He is Charles Bolden, a retired Marine general who had been selected in 1980 as an astronaut, flying two space shuttle missions as pilot and two missions as commander.
After the Challenger accident in 1986, Gen. Bolden had been named the chief of the safety division at the Johnson Space Center “with responsibilities for overseeing the safety efforts in the return-to-flight efforts,” the White House said.
That last bit indicates that Bolden could be reform-minded, something critically important for NASA’s ongoing work.