Feb 04 2014

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Hear, hear!!

An endorsement of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program regarding safety requirements. Former astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria gets it.

Safety is important, of course — particularly if a business model includes civilian passengers. That said, keep in mind that the NASA insisting on safety is the same NASA that built a fleet of space shuttles — half of which turned into fireworks in the sky and killed all of their crew.

As long as NASA dictates safety requirements, I’m fine with the arrangement and I’m sure the commercial launch companies are as well.

If NASA starts dictating design…well, I argue that they know no more about building a safe spacecraft than the commercial launchers and are therefore no more qualified to do so. We therefore might as well leave the safety design and solutions to the manufacturers.

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